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The NHL Players’ Association announced Monday that Mike Gartner has stepped down from his post as Director of Hockey Affairs.
“These are difficult times for the Association and I feel at this point I can best serve the future of a changing union by stepping aside,” Gartner said in a statement issued Monday night.
“I will continue to fully support all efforts to restore the integrity of the NHLPA.”
Gartner joined the NHLPA in 1999 as its Director of Business Relations following a 19-year Hall of Fame career. In March 2006, he was named the NHLPA’s Director of Hockey Affairs, working towards improving the on-ice game and safety for the players.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
There have been consistent and growing whispers about the conduct during the lockout of Don Meehan and the Newport Sports Agency that represents, among dozens of players, Trevor Linden - who served as PA president throughout the 2004-05 CBA negotiations - Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger, Henrik Lundqvist, Wade Redden, Ryan Smyth, Nicklas Lidstrom, Sean Avery, Curtis Joseph and Dion Phaneuf….
“Who are these slime-balls who are trying to ruin my reputation? Why don’t they crawl out from under their rocks and show their faces? Let me tell you something, if anyone wants to file charges against me, let them. If anyone has the [guts] to make this claim against me, I’ll sue their [butt] off.”
from Jeff Z. Klein & Karl-Eric Reif at the New York Times (Sunday edition),
Despite a number of injuries in the past few years as a result of illegal or malicious play by fellow union members, the union’s only action — in marked contrast to similar bodies in soccer and football — has been to represent the assailants at disciplinary hearings.
“The N.H.L.P.A. will be reviewing and checking hits to the head with our membership at our annual player meetings this summer,” the union’s director of hockey affairs, Mike Gartner, said Friday in an e-mail message. “The issue of head shots will likely be an item of discussion for the competition committee as well,” he added, referring to a league committee.
much more on the NHL, inlcuding a nice feature on Paul Stastny…
via Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
There are some players who probably care less about what’s going on their union than some fans do. With Ted Saskin on paid vacation, who’s running the union? “Maybe the lady who runs the gift room,” Leafs forward Mike Peca told reporters in Toronto. “That’s the person the guys go see the most, anyway, to get the free stuff.”
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Who thinks hockey fans really give a damn?
Turns out the guy who was running the NHL Players’ Association might have been a bit dodgy.
Word is he may have done a thing or two “on the down low,” including the unauthorized monitoring of their e-mails.
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…
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