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NHLPA fires Ted Saskin.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:36 pm
by Tukaram
The NHLPA's executive board has voted in favor of terminating executive director Ted Saskin, but has not made a firm decision as of yet on the future of NHLPA employee Ken Kim.

The vote was conducted on a conference call today, in the wake of a report from the NHLPA's independent legal counsel Chris Paliare that indicated Saskin ordered the surveillance of internal e-mail accounts, a move that was reportedly conducted and executed by Kim.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:40 pm
by nucks_girl
wow...there was a lot of stuff going on behind closed doors that we don't know about i guess. i hope this doesn't ruin trevor's off-season :mad:

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 3:55 pm
by Cornuck
Just a matter of time, wasn't it?

Read more on Tom Benjamin's Blog

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:14 pm
by Mozy
Trevor might be in the line of fire, after all he's definitely at odds with a lot of people after his decision to give in to the NHL.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:29 pm
by Kel
I think Trevor got himself into trouble after finding that most players wanted to give in and accept a linkage deal. In the process of pushing towards a new CBA, he overstepped his powers and didn't follow proper procedures in dealing with replacing Goodenow. I think he and perhaps a few others who shared his position made the decision to fire Goodenow. They also made the decision to hire Saskin as his replacement. The problem was that they didn't have the power to do that (it should be by vote), and they went to talk Goodenow into resignation by offering him some union money behind the back of the membership. Then they rushed hiring Saskin and ignored the request of Klatt and etc to follow proper procedures for a director search.

For the Saksin firing, you see that all 30 team reps voted on the issue, not the interim executive committee, and the 30 team reps were selected by player voting. I believe the NHLPA learned their lessons and will be following their own rules for similar situation. In this case, they are told by their lawyer that they have sufficient reason to fire Saskin with cause and not pay out further compensation. The NHLPA also has now formed a search comittee, going to hire headhunter and properly find a new director.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 4:50 pm
by *CanucksForLife*
Please let Gary Bettman be next.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 5:18 pm
by Kel
*CanucksForLife* wrote:Wow.
Please let Gary Bettman be next.
Unfortunately the owners are using email accounts that Bettman can only dream of touching.

Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 8:20 pm
by Jyrki21
Thereby making Ted Saskin the George Lazenby of NHLPA executive directors.

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 3:01 pm
by Meerschaum
Jyrki21 wrote:Thereby making Ted Saskin the George Lazenby of NHLPA executive directors.
Oh c'mon he almost made it through two seasons. That at least qualifies him as a Timothy Dalton.

Posted: Fri May 11, 2007 6:31 pm
by randymeeks
I can't help but wonder if this will come back to bite the NHLPA in the ass despite everything.

Firing Saskin could just lead to more strife in the NHLPA. Something which nobody wants or needs around the NHL.

If I'm not mistaken, the NHLPA could potentially veto the current cba after this upcoming season. What kind of a guy will the NHLPA look for as a replacement?

I just hope this firing isn't being done with the thought that it's time to go to war again on the cba with the owners after this upcoming season.

Posted: Sun May 13, 2007 8:48 am
by Fred
Seems to me there is a sort of resignation by the players to "just get things over and done with" There seems to be a split in the membership which is now well developed, animosity and back biting.

The problem with letting Saskins go and brining in a new man, with Chelios and Klatts approval, is he doesn't know the histroy or the time line for any of the CBA's past and present, Sasking did.

I would have to think it will take a long time to find a replacement and then TRY to bring him up to speed. After that he has to try and get all the sheep back in the same pen, a daunting task