Incapable of Governing Itself
Steve Simmons has obtained a copy of a memo written to the NHLPA executive by interim director Ian Penny. The Simmons column is fairly thin on facts (and doesn’t tell us what Penny actually wants the executive to do), but we can’t tell whether Simmons has poorly summarized the memo or whether Penny was merely wasting everyone’s time with a long winded whine about the activities of Chris Chelios.
Under the category of Leaking of Internal Information, Penny writes to the player reps that “Sensitive, confidential union information is appearing in the media within minutes of the meetings’ conclusions. These leaks have resulted in a siege mentality among staff and have created the perception that we are an ineffectual organization incapable of governing itself.”
I don’t know about Penny’s other complaints, but this one seems to be ridiculous on the face of it because there has been almost nothing of any importance leaked. Fans still haven’t received a reasonable explanation for Paul Kelly’s dismissal. While we do know there are clearly at least two factions who are bitterly divided, we have no idea what issues – if any – actually divide them. As best we can tell, the players are still fighting the battle that destroyed the Union during the lockout and the current stupidity doesn’t have anything to do with the issues the NHLPA should actually be addressing.
More to the point leaks had nothing to do with any siege mentality felt by staff and the leaks had nothing to do with creating the perception that the NHLPA is an ineffectual organization incapable of governing itself. The fact that the NHLPA is now managed by its fourth Executive Director in less than five years creates more than a perception. It screams a reality.
The NHLPA is an ineffectual organization incapable of governing itself. Why on earth does it exist? Apparently it exists to sign off on any changes Gary wants in the next CBA. They won’t have the unity or strength to do anything else.
Postscript: One thing Penny should have done by now is negotiate and announce the amount being withheld this year in escrow. I’m surprised none of the hockey reporters have thought to ask about it.