Monday, October 02, 2006

Disgruntled players sue NHLPA reps

The bubbling controversy at the NHL players' association over the hiring last summer of union executive director Ted Saskin has boiled over after two NHL veterans and a recently retired union executive filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court Monday seeking Saskin's ouster.

In a 21-page statement of claim filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, Edmonton Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson and recently retired Los Angeles Kings forward Trent Klatt allege that Saskin and others conspired to illegally dismiss former union chief Bob Goodenow and inappropriately paid him $8 million (U.S.) in severance.

Chelios, Roloson and Klatt also allege that Saskin was illegally hired as executive director of the union in July 2005 and that since then, he has illegally used union funds to battle his adversaries within the union.
And all of those who said this was going away quietly eat crow.


At 3:14 p.m., October 02, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can see why Trent Klatt is loyal to Goodenow.
30 years ago a guy like him would have been lucky to play Senior A calibre hockey, but he's a millionaire thanks to Bob. Thanks to expansion and over-inflated salaries and an attitude that allowed 10th rate hacks like Klatt to prosper during the dead puck era.
If Chelios and Roloson feel so hard done by under the current CBA, then they should just sit out until this is resolved in court.

At 5:37 p.m., October 02, 2006, Blogger Achtungbaby said...

This has little, if anything, to do with Chelios and Roloson feeling bitter about the current CBA. Read what they are complaining about before posting an opinion on it mr/ms anonymous.

At 12:51 a.m., October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which players are on which side in this lawsuit, I read it was around 100. Is there a list?

At 10:41 a.m., October 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, please ensure you know what you're talking about before spouting off... This entire lawsuit is all about a group of union members and leaders who have knowingly circumvented THEIR OWN union constitution rules and now their only defense is "I'm tired of this already, We settled this in Whistler, These other guys can't let go". What a load of crap, who cares if they're hockey players? If this was the 'Union of Nail-Pullers' it wouldn't make one difference. You have a select group of members who don't even follow their own rules with regards to electing a union head and now when someone within the union wants some answers and clarification on the entire process, they get poo-poohed saying they're just causing trouble. If everything was done by the book then why the stonewalling by Linden, Saskin, et al? Something stinks here and if a guy like Larmer likens the entire atmosphere to the Eagleson days, guys better get their heads out of their behinds and join Chelly's lead and ASK QUESTIONS. And being "millionaire hockey players" should have no bearing here, bottom line is that rules were not followed so this is just an avenue to get to the bottom of it. If someone was elected in a "funny way" in my union, you're sure as sh*t that I'm going to be asking questions...


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