Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/16/05 at 08:14 AM ET
With a few minutes between skating drills, Anaheim Mighty Ducks goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere plopped down at his locker yesterday afternoon, turned to teammates Ruslan Salei and Keith Carney and pondered the future of Ted Saskin, the besieged NHL players' union executive director. "We've got to vote about Ted," said Giguere, the team's union representative. The union this week sent secret ballots to Giguere and other team reps, asking them to vote on whether to hire Saskin. Yet the reaction from Salei, an eight-year veteran, and Carney, a 13-year veteran, was hardly enthusiastic. Both said they wanted more information about Saskin's controversial hiring by union president Trevor Linden. "Everybody feels a little bit in the dark right now," Giguere said yesterday in an interview. "We're just trying to get the right guy as executive director for the right money." It seems that Giguere's conversation with the Mighty Ducks defencemen is typical of many exchanges in dressing rooms around the NHL. Sources say player reps for as many as 13 teams have agreed to indefinitely delay voting on whether to approve the hiring of Saskin. Among the concerns about Saskin's anointment has been that the union's 37-member executive board wasn't consulted when Linden awarded him a $2.13 million (U.S.) annual salary.
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