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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
Back in the early part of the year, when the members of the National Hockey League Players' Association were starting the crumble that would eventually become a full-scale landslide, one of their number predicted trouble. "The big dogs are taking charge," he said, "because they know that the big dogs can always get to the food bowl. Wait until the smaller dogs figure out what's happening." Now, with the season about a month away, the smaller dogs are indeed figuring it out. They are beginning to realize that their leadership signed an agreement that, as one put it, "is sickening." They're just starting to understand the provisions of the deal, especially the controversial escrow clause, which requires the players to subsidize the owners.
more The Toronto Star touches on the same subject...
With the NHL Players' Association ensnared in controversy after the hiring of new executive director Ted Saskin, it's evident that there's no shortage of reasons why some hockey veterans are distressed over recent events at their union's Bay Street headquarters. Consider that Saskin has coaxed a $2 million (U.S.) annual salary, sources say, even after signing one of the worst collective bargaining agreements in North American sports. Not only is he poised to receive double the salary of Donald Fehr, the longtime chief of the baseball players' union, Saskin has won his contract at a time when the NHL's 700-plus players will receive pay cuts this season of perhaps 34 per cent or more. Besides the 24 per cent pay cut players agreed on in July, they also face the prospect of sacrificing a further 10 per cent or more of their salaries this season. That's because as part of hockey's new labour agreement, the NHL received a guarantee from players that salaries will be capped at 54 per cent of the league's revenue.
more The Glode and Mail chimes in with this,
There were reports yesterday that some players voiced their concern Wednesday that the vote should have been conducted by secret ballot, a process that NHLPA regulations stipulate. The reports were refuted by a player who participated in the conference call. "I think that constitution thing was being spread around by a couple of agents and one misinformed player rep who wasn't happy with [the new CBA]," the player said. "It was an issue brought up earlier in the week before the conference call, but [Linden] made the point that other votes, including the approval of Goodenow's last contract and [CBA] issues were voted on via a conference call."
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