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by Paul on 08/31/09 at 07:20 PM ET
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
The fact of the matter is, not one single thing will change on the ice as a result of Kelly’s ouster, nor will anything be different between the whistles when the new man (or woman) takes over. For the next three seasons, fans won’t have to worry much about how dysfunctional and predatory the NHLPA’s head office has become. For all most fans care, the union can go on devouring its own and the game won’t be any different.
But there are a number of reasons why, as a hockey fan, you should be concerned about the putsch a small, but vocal and radical group of players pulled off in Chicago in the wee hours of Monday morning.
In firing Kelly, the players made it abundantly clear they are not pleased with the current direction of their association’s affairs. There are allegations Kelly was too media friendly, a little too cozy with those who occupy the upper reaches of the NHL and the fact that he didn’t connect as well with the players as they hoped he would.
In case you missed it, Ian Penny has been named Interim Executive Director of the NHLPA.
added 7:50pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One top player told ESPN.com that by the time the search committee gets around to finding a new executive director and gets up to speed, “he won’t have time to get his pencil sharpened before we’re in another lockout.”
“It’s the culture of paranoia,” added a former player and former NHLPA executive committee member. “And what sign does this send to the league? Where’s the stability at the union? It’s a year or two away from needing to negotiate a new CBA.”
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