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from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
Whoever takes the job must be someone who enjoys the respect of everyone in the union, and who understands the players’ priorities. Ideally, it will be someone who can build some bridges and get the players back on the same page.
That guy might be Bobby Orr.
Would Orr want that kind of aggravation? He hasn’t said. And he’s certainly not the sort of man who’d campaign for a job while someone else was still warming the chair. But his candidacy would boast a lot of favorable factors.
via the Detroit Free Press,
Does Chelios feel vindicated?
“I’m not looking for vindication,” Chelios said. “Like I said all along, I want what’s best for the game and the players in this union.
“When this investigation comes out and every player is aware of what happened, if anything, it’s going to pull everyone together. That’s a guarantee.”
I recall when Chelios first brought this to the forefront, 90% of the MSM, bloggers, etc., were against him and thought he was just blowing smoke.
In the “Forget What I Wrote Earlier” media world, I wonder how they will spin this?
From Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Embattled NHL Players’ Association executive director Ted Saskin has been suspended with pay, after a unanimous vote by the union’s team player representatives.
A majority of the NHLPA’s 30 team player reps late last night participated in an emergency conference call with union staff to discuss allegations first reported by the Star that Saskin inappropriately accessed the private email accounts of players who have opposed his hiring.
Saskin did not participate in the nearly two-hour conference call.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The cozy and unseemly affiliation between the executive director of the union and the people who run the NHL is coming to an end. Saskin is out of time. Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are out of luck. They’ll have to find a new boy. As if….
Saskin’s departure will not be the end of it, not by a long shot. The group of players led by Chris Chelios, Matt Schneider, Dwayne Roloson, Eric Lindros and now-retired Trent Klatt, will continue to press for information that will prove suspected direct communication between agents and NHL officials during the lockout. If such proof is uncovered, these agents will be decertified, and thus unable to continue to represent NHL players. This is the next bombshell.
I have limited the NHLPA stories, but this one summarizes what is known…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The truth may be revealed by Sunday night, when two members of the NHLPA executive — Mike Gartner, director of hockey affairs, and Stu Grimson, associate counsel — convene a conference call for the 30 player representatives (known as the executive council), plus the seven members of the interim executive board, to investigate the matter and decide what happens next.
A small sampling of agents all came to the same basic conclusion regarding Saskin’s future. “He’s done,” said one. Another described Saskin as a “dead man walking.”
read on plus some NHL player talk…
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
It is difficult to imagine a scenario where Ted Saskin remains as executive director of the NHL players’ association.
The only question, it would seem, is whether there is a move to terminate Saskin, which some are suggesting is the basis for an NHLPA executive committee conference call on Sunday, or whether he resigns voluntarily.
continued... Settle this now. With the most exciting time of year for hockey fans just around the corner, we want hockey, just hockey. No court fight headlines, no he said this, just hockey.
From Bruce Dowbiggin at the Calgary Herald,
So far, Saskin has been as responsive as the Sphinx to most of these complaints. When pressed he fell back on the excuse of “previous practices” in the regime of Goodenow. Most of what Saskin and his allies—former president Trevor Linden, some players and a few prominent agents—have said is ridicule for those pesky old varmints such as Chris Chelios who’ve had the temerity to ask “where’s the money?” until they get a good answer. Chelios and Duane Roloson were said to be old and out of touch, reluctant to let a new generation take over the union.
This line worked well in the early days of Chelios’ questioning. Chelios is, after all, a notorious crank. But now that 18 months have passed without any revelations of substance from Saskin, the opposition has grown and reached critical mass.
hat-tip TIB, for the link
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
The beleaguered NHL players union has scheduled an emergency conference call for Sunday night to confirm to some of the league’s senior players that top union executives have been inappropriately accessing player email accounts….
Players are also expected to discuss firing Saskin and Kim, a source told the Star, although that would likely generate wrongful dismissal lawsuits. “The players will have to make a decision on what they want to do,” the source said. “It’s not going to be an easy decision.”
from Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
During his 11 years with the NHL Players’ Association, Ken Kim can’t recall a time when the union visited all 30 NHL teams to meet with club executives. But that has begun to change over the last three months.
Kim, the union’s senior director of business, and Devin Smith, its director of club marketing, have traveled to 22 of the 30 NHL clubs to discuss ways teams can get players more involved local promotions and marketing programs. They’ll meet with the final eight teams over the next few weeks.
“Just having these meetings is coming a long way for us,” Kim said.
The meetings are unprecedented in the sports industry, where relationships between unions and leagues are often contentious. To date, none of the other major sports unions have traveled to each team during the course of a year to discuss marketing players.
from the Toronto Star,
Toronto police are investigating complaints that executives at the NHL Players Association accessed and in some cases blocked the email accounts of players who have challenged the hiring of the union’s executive director.
For the past two weeks, police have been looking into whether Saskin and Ken Kim, the union’s senior director of business, ordered technical support staff at the union to access player email accounts hosted by the union, and whether such an action would be illegal, four sources familiar with the investigation told the Star.
Toronto police have now presented their findings to a Crown counsel, who will decide whether there is enough evidence to lay criminal charges
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