Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Klatt breaks his silence

It was all happening too fast for Klatt. He argued to have the process halted, but he was taking a verbal pounding.

Onetime NHL star Mike Gartner, who had taken a job at the union, was among those on the attack. "He said he was utterly disgusted with me, so disappointed that I had made this into an issue," Klatt told the Star in his first extended interview about the union debacle. "He went up one side of me and down the other. It was pretty grim. I just felt sick."

These days, it's Gartner and other long-time Saskin supporters who have been left to feel ill. The 700-some members of the NHLPA are indebted to Klatt, who in the months after Saskin's controversial hiring in July 2005 seemed like a lone voice in the wilderness. Even after leaving the association, he continued to lobby in the background.

"He's a modern-day Carl Brewer," says Detroit Red Wings defenceman Mathieu Schneider.


At 3:30 p.m., March 20, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

Klatt was always a combination of talented, smart and classy when he was here at the University of Minnesota (though, in my tendency to latch onto 3rd/4th liners, I was a bigger John Brill fan). It's nice to see him get recognition here.

At 3:51 p.m., March 20, 2007, Anonymous Dennis Prouse said...

Before we all deify Klatt, let's remember that he, Chelios and Roloson were all Goodenow True Believers. If it were up to them, the lockout would still be on, as they were in the, "let's stay out for as long as it takes" camp. (Funny how long time veterans with lots of money in the bank were on that side. Who would have guessed?) Klatt, Chelios and Roloson are all playing the "democratic union" card right now, because that's the one that elicits public sympathy. Ask them their views on the current CBA, however (the one that most fans support strongly), and let's see how popular they become.

At 4:39 p.m., March 20, 2007, Blogger FAUXRUMORS said...

1) The fans support this CBA? Most have no clue what its all about. Most are still waiting for ticket prices to go down as Bettman promised
2) The CBA is great for big market owners. Pretty decent for the players, but a disaster for the fans!
3) The CBA forces the continual redistribution of talent which makes for a lack of continuity of teams' rosters
4) In addition its pretty certain that the escalating salary cap ceiling/floor will be untenable for the bottom feeders and we will soon hear the cries of poverty from the teams that this CBA was supposed to help/save
5) Its too bad the players caved when they did. There December 2005 proposal would have probably preserved the game as it was while truly improving the financial landscape for the lesser revenue teams


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