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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The 2010-11 cap crunch facing the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and their big- mar ket brethren will be more severe than believed if the Escrow Hawks within the NHL Players’ Association carry the day and the balloting when the 30 player reps vote on whether to trigger the 5-percent inflator at the union’s June 21 meeting in Chicago.
Following a round of PA conference calls conducted during the week, a half-dozen player reps and engaged union members told Slap Shots that the outcome of the vote appears too close to call, though one veteran suggested he thought it remains more likely than not that the union will hold to precedent and enact the 5-percent bump.
f the union votes it down, next season’s cap all but certainly will go down, too, a first for the league that is coming off a blockbuster playoffs. If the cap would increase approximately $2 million, to $58.8 million including the bump, as Gary Bettman previously has suggested, it appears as if the cap would shrink to approximately $56 million if the player reps become consumed with limiting escrow while missing the bigger picture
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
In choosing to re main for the time being in Glendale, Ariz.—the time being defined by the city’s politicians’ willingness to inflict the cost of business on its citizens—rather than relocate immediately to Winnipeg, the NHL is going for at least one more year in a market that never has demonstrated the ability to generate the revenue necessary to turn the team into a profitable enterprise.
This is not a felony, but in sacrificing immediate additional guaranteed revenue north of the border—and for the second time in a year now, following the Jim Balsillie debacle—Gary Bettman and the power brokers on Sixth Avenue are taking money out of the pockets of every player in the league without giving them, or their representatives in the NHLPA, a seat at the table or a voice in the process.
You don’t hear much these days about the partnership between the league and the players, and this is why. It’s not a partnership when one side dictates terms to the other.
from Randy Boswell of Camwest News Service at the Ottawa Citizen,
Canada’s top history advocate says the NHL Players’ Association has cheated Lester B. Pearson of a rightful legacy by dropping the former prime minister’s name from its showcase hockey trophy and rechristening it the Ted Lindsay Award.
Pearson, a Nobel Peace Prize winner whose name adorns Toronto’s airport and the Ottawa headquarters of the Department of Foreign Affairs, “was proud of that trophy, and he was proud of his life as a sportsman,” Andrew Cohen, president of the Historica-Dominion Institute, told Canwest News Service.
“If anyone deserves this honour, it’s Lester Pearson. To remove his name, after 40-some years, to me is a great disappointment.”
from the NHLPA,
TORONTO (May 6, 2010) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks have been selected as finalists for the 2009-10 Ted Lindsay Award. The Ted Lindsay Award will be presented annually to the “Most Outstanding Player” in the NHL, as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
On April 29, 2010, the Ted Lindsay Award was introduced, and it remains the only award voted on by the players themselves, carrying on the tradition established by the Lester B. Pearson Award. The Award honours Ted Lindsay, an All-Star forward known for his skill, tenacity, leadership and his role in establishing the original Players’ Association.
from Chris Young of the Toronto Star,
Hockey fans have forever known him as “Terrible” Ted Lindsay, but perhaps it’s time to retire that particular sobriquet, a long four and a half decades after he did the same thing with his playing career.
With the unveiling of the Ted Lindsay Award at the Hockey Hall of Fame Thursday in front of an audience of family and many of his peers in the game, “Venerable” seems a more fitting prefix. The 84-year-old Lindsay has his own locker space in the present-day Red Wings’ dressing room, his No. 7 jersey hangs from the Joe Louis Arena rafters and now a bronze-on-maple trophy named for him replaces the one in former Prime Minister Lester Pearson’s name since 1970, awarded to the NHL Players’ Association’s most outstanding player.
“It’s beautiful,” said Lindsay, who with his wife Joanne provided input to designer Myros Trutiak’s creation. “I wanted a little character to it, and I think the colour in it, the wing and the wheel on the chest is very important to me.
“It goes to the best, voted on by his peers. So that means there’s no politics involved. That tells you the whole story – whoever wins it is entitled to it.”
“This is a great honour to have bestowed upon me. I took great pride in my hockey career, both on the ice competing towards a championship with my teammates, and off of the ice for the work that we did to ensure our fellow players enjoyed proper rights and benefits.
“I am very proud and appreciative that the most outstanding player each season, as voted by his peers, will receive the award with my name on it.”
-Ted Lindsay at the ceremony today announcing the renaming the Lester B. Pearson Award to the Ted Lindsay Award. More from the NHLPA.
Below, watch an interview with Ted.
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
A group of powerful NHL agents are working behind the scenes to promote former Maple Leaf Jeff Jackson for a major job with the NHL Players’ Association, either as its in-house lawyer or even as a potential new executive director.
To them, Jackson is an ideal candidate because he’s a former NHLer, a former assistant general manager with the Maple Leafs, a lawyer and someone who already understands the collective bargaining agreement.
“He’d be perfect for the PA,” a source told the Star on condition that his name not be used. “He knows the salary cap as well as anybody.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The NHLPA needs to adopt a constitution that empowers its executive director. The NHLPA needs to hire an executive director the membership trusts to use that power honorably in dealing with the NHL, the players and their agents.
The NHLPA needs a leader who will do the job and not simply want to have the job. The NHLPA needs a leader immune to second-guessing from the gallery. The NHLPA needs a leader whose presence and prestige will unify the membership for the next round of CBA negotiations.
It is time.
It is time for Donald Fehr.
from Jeff Z. Klein and Stu Hackel of Slapshot at the NY Times,
Many players and agents want (Donald) Fehr to become the union’s executive director.
Aaron Voros, the Rangers’ player representative, said last week that it would be a “no brainer” to have Fehr heading the union.
Pat Brisson, who represents Sidney Crosby and several other stars, said: “Someone like him, with all his experience, brings in a breath of fresh air. When you have a chance to spend time with him, you feel privileged.”
The union and Fehr have come a long way since November. He was newly retired from a 26-year tenure as leader of the Major League Baseball Players Association, the strongest union in sports, and the only one in North America to successfully resist a salary cap.
from the NHLPA,
The Sheraton Centre in downtown Toronto served as the backdrop for the National Hockey League Players’ Association’s annual Certified Player-Agent meetings on Thursday, with more than 140 agents in attendance.
The NHLPA conducted their meeting with senior staff and advisors offering updates and information to the player-agents on a wide range of topics. The itinerary included presentations on HRR & escrow, CBA timelines and legal developments, as well as on the performance bonus cushion. The NHLPA’s medical consultant, Dr. John Rizos, spoke about current issues, while the business department gave an update of their recent affairs.
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