``There is no dispute that Mr. Hasek had physical contact with Mr. Kelley,'' Bettman said in a statement. ``Such contact between any National Hockey League personnel - coaches, players, league officials or team executives - and media personnel will not be tolerated.
``We want a clear message sent to the media who cover our games that they have a safe environment in which to work.''
The Sabres scheduled a news conference for last night, but Hasek wasn't able to leave New York due to inclement weather. Hasek did not make a statement.
Hasek, who has not played since spraining his right knee in Game 3 against Ottawa, went after Kelley last Friday. He apparently was angry about a column Kelley wrote in which Kelley suggested Hasek was succumbing to playoff pressure and questioned the severity of the goalie's injury.
The incident happened outside the dressing rooms at Buffalo's Marine Midland Arena. Hasek screamed obscenities at Kelley before grabbing him by the shirt and taking a swing at him. The altercation was broken up by several people, including Sabres forward Jason Dawe.
Hasek apologized to Kelley earlier this week before meeting with Bettman in New York.
WHALERS: OFF TO RALEIGH? The Hartford Whalers, barring a last-minute breakdown in negotiations, will move to Raleigh, N.C., and begin playing there next season, ESPNEWS reported.
The cable network said a formal announcement would come no later than Monday.
However, Whalers owner Peter Karmanos, reached by telephone in his Detroit office by the Associated Press, said a decision could come as early as today. He would not confirm or deny the ESPNEWS report.
It is believed that the team might at first play in Fayetteville's new, 13,500-seat Cumberland County Crown Coliseum before a new arena is built in Raleigh.
BRUINS: Interview BU coach
Boston University hockey coach Jack Parker met with Boston Bruins officials and is one of several candidates being considered to replace fired coach Steve Kasper.
Parker, one of the winningest coaches in college hockey history, met with Bruins general manager Harry Sinden and assistant general manager Mike O'Connell.
Parker, a Somerville, Mass., native, has led Boston University to a 549-257-46 record in 24 years, with two NCAA titles.
Parker, 52, turned down the Bruins job in 1991.