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by Paul on 09/13/05 at 03:46 AM ET
Bob Goodenow was dismissed by a unanimous vote of the NHLPA executive board in Toronto on July 21, and informed as much just prior to the press conference announcing PA ratification of the CBA that afternoon, union sources have told The Post. Three individuals involved with the process made the disclosure to The Post under condition of anonymity in the wake of recent allegations by dissidents that Goodenow's dismissal was a result of an unconstitutional power play by PA president Trevor Linden and a minority of executive board members. "Bob had told us he was willing to serve out the remainder of his term, but it didn't seem appropriate with him being so against the deal and having nothing to do with negotiating it," one member said. "So we had a meeting that morning. And the vote was 7-0 in favor of terminating Bob." Linden is joined on the NHLPA executive board by Bill Guerin, Daniel Alfredsson, Bob Boughner, Arturs Irbe, Trent Klatt and Vincent Damphousse. Brendan Shanahan, who joined the PA negotiating committee in late May, sat in on the meeting but did not have a vote. Goodenow, who declined to respond to a Post inquiry, is under contract through the end of the 2007 calendar year, with a sum of $8.475M remaining on his deal. Two sources told The Post that, contrary to reports, a severance agreement has not been reached with Goodenow by the Players' Assn. "It remains to be negotiated," one individual said.
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