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by Paul on 09/02/05 at 09:10 AM ET
The National Hockey League Players' Association is facing a mutiny amid allegations that new executive director Ted Saskin was improperly hired on a long-term contract worth $2 million (U.S.) a year. Several NHL players, including Vancouver Canucks veteran Trent Klatt, alleged in a private conference call on Wednesday night that Saskin and union president Trevor Linden (also a Canuck) sidestepped the union's bylaws when Saskin was promoted in July to replace Bob Goodenow. The imbroglio has the potential to become the most contentious conflict at the union since founder Allan Eagleson was accused in the '80s of misappropriating players' money. "It just seems like we're learning about things after they've already happened," one agent said yesterday. "This is going to end ugly." The chief complaint about Saskin's deal is that his nomination as the new executive director did not come from the full 35-member NHLPA executive board, as required under the association's constitution. Some veteran NHL players were also upset that Saskin's deal was ultimately ratified during the conference call without a secret ballot, as required.
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