Abel to Yzerman
by George Malik on 01/25/11 at 04:19 AM ET
The biggest thing I know about my boss, one Mr. Paul Kukla, is that he’s damn smart. He reads through more Tweets, RSS feeds and stories in a day that you or I do in a week and he tends to post the important ones on Kukla’s Korner with an astonishing level of efficiency. So when Paul posted a pedestrian press release from an organization whose press releases aren’t usually front-page news in the NHLPA (as I like the NHLPA, and am on their email list, I can tell you that they send out at least a couple of press releases a week), my eyebrows rose in surprise.
The NHLPA hired three new staff members on Monday, and retained an outside counsel, and it’s their last hire, not the name of the guy that shares everything but his middle name with the league’s disciplinarian, who Paul clearly remembered. The Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran will tell you why it’s Richard Rodier’s name that we shouldn’t forget. The NHL’s quite familiar with Rodier as he helped Jim Balsillie attempt to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nashville Predators and Phoenix Coyotes, with his last courtroom tussle with the NHL having done the most damage, or if you’re an NHLPA fan, “did the most good”:
Among the legal team’s moves that agitated the league:
Using the court to reveal the NHL’s secretive constitution;
Revealing a divide between the Maple Leafs and the league over who had the final say in whether a second team could be located in southern Ontario;
Putting [Gary] Bettman through a deposition.
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