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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
While several players said yesterday they plan to push the union to release Block’s report to all its members, they really needn’t bother. After all, when the controversy over Saskin’s hiring first surfaced, most players’ view on the debacle was, “let’s just focus on what’s happening on the ice.”
Instead of parsing down Block’s carefully crafted report, a better exercise for players would be pressing for the release of a separate report prepared three months ago by another Toronto lawyer, Chris Paliare. It’s shameful that report, which details the NHLPA’s email surveillance scheme, remains stamped “PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL.”
by George James Malik
As Paul noted on Monday, the inestimable Stan Fischler had some choice words for Chris Chelios, who Fischler believes will succeed Ted Saskin as the NHLPA’s chief executive:
One hopes that some good will come of the Sheila Block-Union probe, which is due for a public revelation next Thursday. If the finger is pointed at Ted Saskin it will be old news. Chris Chelios insists that Block’s report will confirm the hiring of Saskin as the head of the Union was not within the guidelines of the NHLPA’s constitution. What really matters is where the Union goes from here. You can bet that if Chelios becomes the new, chief Association power broker there will be another civil war in two years. …
Ol’ Comrade Stan is barking up the wrong tree in looking to unleash his hatred for the PA upon Chris Chelios.
Chelios never intended to run the NHLPA—first, and foremost, he’s very busy both managing two successful restaurants and playing hockey for the Detroit Red Wings, which he plans on doing so for at least a few more years. Moreover, he never wanted to stage another lock-out—Chelios wanted to get Saskin’s butt kicked out of office, and he wants the NHLPA to act and operate as an honest, open, and accountable union. That’s all.
from The Maven at the Hockey Journal,
• Media critics such as ESPN’s Scott Burnside are beginning to realize that the NHL has become a leader in an important – and vital new area. “No other professional league has attacked new media with the fervor showed by the NHL. Internet, wireless, you name it, and the NHL is in it big time,” says Burnside. “That technology savvy demographic, in many ways a new generation of sports consumers, might find the NHL’s relatively blemish-free visage attractive. …
• One hopes that some good will come of the Sheila Block-Union probe, which is due for a public revelation next Thursday. If the finger is pointed at Ted Saskin it will be old news. Chris Chelios insists that Block’s report will confirm the hiring of Saskin as the head of the Union was not within the guidelines of the NHLPA’s constitution. What really matters is where the Union goes from here. You can bet that if Chelios becomes the new, chief Association power broker there will be another civil war in two years. …
much more from Stan…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios said Toronto lawyer Sheila Block’s report on the hiring of former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin will go a long way toward proving the players did the right thing when they fired Saskin from his post in early May.
Members of the NHLPA’s executive committee and the 30 team representatives began receiving copies of the 80-100 page report Wednesday and it will be formally disclosed to the rank and file at player meetings to be held in Toronto next week.
Dick Pound doesn’t agree with the NHL drug policy…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
“It’s a sham,” Dick Pound, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, told ESPN.com last week, reiterating his previous criticisms of the NHL’s drug-testing policy that made him public enemy No. 1 among NHL types, from deputy commissioner Bill Daly to famed Canadian TV analyst Don Cherry.
Those NHL types still question Pound’s agenda and what they believe is his lack of understanding of NHL policies.
“We could really care less what Dick Pound has to say,” Daly told ESPN.com. “He has no idea what our program is or what it provides for, so by definition, he’s speaking from ignorance. Just as importantly, he has no credibility left. Not a single person I know, either inside and outside the Olympic community, has any respect for what he has to say anymore.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
General managers who employ the Group II offer sheet approach are not, “poachers.” They are not creating inflationary spirals in the NHL’s salary structure. They are, rather, simply doing their jobs.
Brian Burke makes me laugh, and not with him. Burke’s all about huffing and puffing about integrity. He’s all about lecturing. He’s all about telling us that Penner is going to be playing for a “grossly inflated salary” when he himself is going to be paying Vancouver lug Todd Bertuzzi $4M a year for the next two seasons.
read on... and some hockey related revenue talk too…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Imagine, if you will, a press conference with the current NHLPA leadership assembled near the podium. Then imagine one of the players – say, Eric Lindros or Robyn Regehr – stepping to the microphone and making a speech like this:
Beginning today, the NHLPA is rededicating its commitment to the sport of hockey and to the fans who support the game. In doing so, we’re taking measures no professional athlete union has taken before.
Firstly, we’re instituting our own program to test for steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs. Our members have agreed to random, multiple blood and urine tests; the program will be implemented by an independent firm, and testing will occur throughout the regular season, playoffs, and off-season.
from the CP via Yahoo,
The search committee, comprised of Michael Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings, Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings, Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers, free agent Eric Lindros and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames, interviewed a number of search firms across North America before settling on the Chicago outfit.
“The members of the committee are very pleased to be taking the next step towards hiring a new executive director,” Lindros said in a statement. “We continue to do our due diligence in order to find a leader that can further advance the interests of all NHLPA members and the game of hockey.”
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is going ahead with today’s business planning session with one notable exception: its principal business partner, the NHL, won’t be attending.
The NHLPA’s stand is that it is “reviewing all aspects of our business relations with the league” and the joint meeting with the NHL is simply being postponed.
However, sources said the NHLPA was sending a message by “uninviting the league” to a gathering aimed at ways to better market the game and promote the players.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Some NHL players, including those who are now running the NHL Players’ Association, are supportive of Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie’s plans to put a team in Hamilton and unhappy with the league’s apparent unwillingness to back Balsillie’s bid.
The divide is shaping up as the latest indication that paint is peeling on the so-called partnership struck between the players and the league, codified in the collective agreement that ended the 2004-05 lockout.
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