Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/20/05 at 09:02 AM ET
With NHL players divided over the fate of players' association boss Ted Saskin, one of hockey's free speakers has entered the fray by calling on the union's 37-member executive board to stop voting on whether Saskin should be hired as executive director. Phoenix Coyotes forward Brett Hull said yesterday in an interview that all of the league's 700-plus players should have a say in whether the embattled Saskin remains at his post. Hull said he's also surprised that more players don't want to start fresh by looking outside the players' union for a replacement for Bob Goodenow, who sources say was fired two months ago by union president Trevor Linden. "It's crazy that we'd fire Bob and want to hire his right-hand man," Hull said. "It's like firing the Lone Ranger and hiring Tonto." Hull said Saskin's actions wouldn't be tolerated in any other industry. "Just because we're hockey players, you can't just shove this down our throats," Hull said. "If someone did things this way at the United Auto Workers, they'd be lynched. The union should be talking to all of us about this, not just the player reps."
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