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Infighting takes over NHLPA

The NHLPA has gone through a traumatic summer. It signed a CBA that included both a salary cap and linkage (both concepts that it heavily opposed before), saw its boss Bob Goodenow resign/fired and the start of what could be considered questioning of the leadership. But now it seems that the gloves are off as a group of players wants an investigation into the process followed to get rid of Goodenow and hire Saskin. The union's bylaws stipulate that they should have hired a search committee to recommend replacements for outgoing boss Bob Goodenow. The absense of a democratic election process could put the NHLPA into chaos.

Several veteran players, including future hall of famer Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings, Tie Domi of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Dwayne Roloson of the Minnesota Wild have spoken out against Saskin's hiring. Roloson is quoted as saying, "This is supposed to be a democratic union and it's become communist". NHLPA VP and Los Angeles Kings forward, Trent Klatt has moved to review the way the executive committee decided to hire Saskin and award him with a six-year, $12.25-million US contract. He has hired former NBA Players' Association lawyer Bob Lanza to look into this matter.

This is probably the last thing that the NHLPA needed. Already being portrayed as having lost the CBA battle with the NHL, the union is now looking at internal strife that could turf executive director Ted Saskin and NHLPA president Trevor Linden. At a time when they should be looking to improve the game and increase the overall revenue "pie", we have an organization on the verge of chaos.
posted at 16:08:03 on 09/12/05 by HockeyCritic - Category: Business of Hockey

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