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from Paul Kelly, NHLPA Executive Director…
“Yesterday’s announcement by the IIHF that they have suspended certain Players from international competition has no basis in fact or law, and constitutes a violation of the rights of these Players. The affected Players are being unfairly singled out in a dispute between the NHL and the KHL over whether to respect each others’ contracts. The NHLPA’s strong objection to this unilateral action by the IIHF has been registered, and unless this action is reversed, the NHLPA will consider all legal options available.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Jonas Frogren contract imbroglio has the Toronto Maple Leafs in the peculiar position of aligning themselves with the NHL Players’ Association against the NHL.
While it could have far-reaching effects when it comes to signing older European players, the whole thing arose out of an honest mistake both sides made when they drafted the last collective bargaining agreement.
“Nobody should blame the Leafs for this. This is not their screw-up,” said a source close to the situation. “The screw-up was in the drafting of the CBA. But it’s not surprising that in a 500-page document, that two provisions would conflict each other.”
The IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association met in Zurich on Thursday to discuss issues relating to player transfers and the international hockey agenda, including the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championships, the Victoria Cup and the World Cup of Hockey.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
If the NHLPA decides to reopen the CBA for tweaks, it must notify the league by May 18, 2009. The players may also extend the CBA through the 2011-12 season, which gives them options at both ends of the spectrum.
“It’s early in the process,” Kelly said. “We’re going to roll it out to all the teams in the fall tour. We’ll discuss if we’re going to reopen, what are some of the issues we’d like to revisit. On the flip side, we’ll provide a laundry list of things the owners might like to revisit.
“At this point, it’s too early. We’ll do it in a very thoughtful way and give people the opportunity to think about it.”
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for NHLers, who have an extremely limited window in which to capitalize on decades of hard work and dedication, defending themselves vigorously against some of the big-time money-grubbers who own teams.
However, when you bring aboard a guy like Healy, who still believes Goodenow’s every utterance should be carved on stone slabs and displayed at the Smithsonian Institution, you run the risk of setting up a needless showdown that could be more about massive egos clashing – which many now believe was at the root of the ’04-05 lockout – than the good of the game.
You can also listen to Healy talk about his new position with the NHLPA. He appeared on Fan590 in Toronto yesterday morning.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
In a development overshadowed by European soccer and Blue Jays batting slumps, the NHL Players’ Association met this week for their annual meeting in Colorado Springs. A group of 80 veteran players spent the better part of three days at a resort in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains listening to the union’s various staffers explain the countless ways in which Bettman is full of it….
Bettman was the star of this show. NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly showed a May 30 Toronto Star article that explained how Canadian clubs account for 31 per cent of the league’s ticket receipts.
Then he showed an interview of Bettman by the CBC’s Ron MacLean during the Stanley Cup final. “In one instant, Bettman says he didn’t read the Star story, and in the next breath, he’s quoting directly from it,” says a player who was at the meeting. “It’s a joke.”
From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,
Hockey analyst Glenn Healy is leaving TSN for a high ranking post with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, sources have confirmed.
Healy, who was active with the association as a player, is expected to be involved in a player liaison capacity.
The former NHL goalie has built a successful career in television, first with the CBC from 2001 to 2004 and, for the past four seasons, with TSN.
Update 2:36pm ET: TSN,
Glenn Healy has been named the new Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association.
Healy will fulfill a wide range of responsibilities for the Players’ Association. In his role, he will focus on player relations, coordinating his efforts with the NHLPA’s Ombudsman and Divisional Representatives, along with working closely with the NHL Alumni office.
National Hockey League players have the option to reopen the current labor deal with owners a year early, but likely will not make a final decision until the middle of next season, the players’ union chief said on Friday.
Three years since NHL teams imposed a salary cap after a bitter labor dispute wiped out the entire 2004-2005 season, the National Hockey League Players Association is weighing the merits and challenges of reopening the deal at the end of next season, NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly told Reuters.
“We’re just beginning to have that dialogue with the players,” he said at the Sports Lawyers Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. “I don’t think anyone has a tremendous appetite for serious labor negotiations unless there’s a good, solid business reason for it.”
from the CP via TSN,
The National Hockey League Players’ Association announced that Brian Campbell of the San Jose Sharks, Jeff Halpern of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, Mathieu Schneider of the Anaheim Ducks and Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators have been selected by the Executive Board as the NHLPA’s new representatives on the Competition Committee.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Almost three years into their new deal, NHL players really have little to worry about. The game’s gross revenues, to which their wallets and paychecks are directly linked, have averaged approximately $2.2 billion per annum since the end of the lockout - levels consistent with where they stood in the year leading up to the 2004-05 shutdown.
During a recent league marketing meeting in Denver, optimism abounded that a short-term target of $3 billion is attainable.
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