Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 08/12/05 at 10:53 AM ET
Fresh off a recently ratified six-year collective bargaining agreement with the NHL, the NHL Players' Association is entering into a new world in a relationship with a league it so often crossed swords with. How it will do so, however, has been open to much speculation. Can there be a working relationship between a union and a league that locked its players out twice in a decade, the second time canceling an entire season? Can there truly be a "partnership" between a group that had to swallow a 24 percent rollback in income and accept a salary cap and linkage to league revenues? What will be the legacy of former union head Bob Goodenow, and is the new executive director, Ted Saskin, the right man for the job? Is there a plan for the game, not just for winning back fans lost in the lockout but also for growth, especially growth in the United States? Can all this be done while the players' association undergoes a change at the top?
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