Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/15/05 at 07:36 AM ET
Trent Klatt, who has spent the past 14 years being one of the boys, must feel especially isolated these days. Besides announcing his retirement this week, Klatt has spent the last month doing the unimaginable: Demanding people responsible for the stewardship of his union justify why they haven't followed their own rules. Consider some of the compelling questions he posed in a Sept. 9 email to union president Trevor Linden, who, without consulting the 37-member executive board, sacked former executive director Bob Goodenow, agreed to an $8 million (all figures U.S.) severance package for Goodenow and hired Ted Saskin to a $2.1 million a year contract as Goodenow's replacement: * "Can I ask what sort of research you have done to compare what Ted should earn? ... Would it be wise to get some other opinions?" * "Bob worked his ass off and it took him 15 years or so to get what he got. Along the way he put millions upon millions of dollars into our pockets. Without sounding too harsh here T, how can we compare Ted to Bob when Ted's been on the job for one month?" * "Having said what I just did, the players are happy to be playing, but why wouldn't we just wait and see how the CBA plays itself out? Doesn't Ted have a year or two left on his old deal?" * "I would think that being it is a zero sum game now, we as players would want to see how Ted can grow revenues. Maybe we should find a way to connect his contract to hockey related revenues. Has Ted expressed any specific ideas to you in regards to marketing or growing revenues?"
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