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by Paul on 09/10/09 at 08:46 AM ET
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
First, veteran defenceman Andrew Ference of the Boston Bruins has been clearly identified by several sources as the key player who led the charge against Kelly that culminated in his 4 a.m. firing in Chicago 11 days ago.
“This was a well-planned, well-thought-out coup d’état,” said one prominent NHL star yesterday, requesting anonymity. “Players are starting to realize what happened in Chicago.”
Second, while anti-Kelly forces are trying to portray him as a second coming of Ted Saskin for gaining access to minutes from a closed-door meeting, left out of the story so far is how the players learned of Kelly’s supposed misconduct.
He told them about it himself.
Third, more and more sources are suggesting that while former union ombudsman Eric Lindros was not involved in the Chicago meetings, Ference is viewed by many as a Lindros confidante. Many believe Lindros will soon rejoin the union after quitting eight months ago.
“My only question is, do they wait one month to rehire (Lindros), or six months? In my opinion, everything that happened proves he never really left,” said one respected NHL veteran.
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