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Bob Goodenow steps down

About a week after the National Hockey League and its players association agreed upon a collective bargaining agreement, the head of the NHLPA, Bob Goodenow, announced that he was stepping down. His second in command, Ted Saskin, was promoted from his senior director position to replace Goodenow. The most popular question being asked is whether Bob Goodenow "jumped" or was "pushed" out of his position. It is a known fact that Goodenow was a hardliner, dead set against any sort of a salary cap or linkage to league revenues. The players executive committee may have decided to move against Goodenow and Saskin was as good a candidate as any since he is considered a key architect of the six year deal that was just signed.

Goodenow had always indicated that this would be his final contract as head of the hockey union and Saskin always had the inside track to the job. This move just seems to have been hastened by the very ugly labour dispute we witnessed. Goodenow joined the NHLPA in 1990 and took over from disgraced boss Alan Eagleson in 1992. Ted Saskin also has a long history with the NHLPA and Goodenow, spanning more than a decade. Goodenow's reign will be remembered for the propserity he brought to the players, taking average salaries from $271,000 in 1990 to $1.8 million per year in 2003. He will also be remembered for his often strained and mostly belligerent relationship with the league and its owners. Though Goodenow hasn't confirmed these reports, it is believed that he may end up going back to work as a player agent.
posted at 10:28:21 on 07/30/05 by HockeyCritic - Category: Business of Hockey

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