Things get uglier for NHLPA
From tomorrow's Globe and Mail:
Already under criticism from several directions, National Hockey League Players' Association boss Ted Saskin has been asked by a former player agent to explain the union's handling of tens of millions of dollars in player funds.
National Hockey League players aren't the only ones to allegedly have their e-mails read or blocked by executives at the NHL Players' Association.
Player agents, particularly those who have questioned how Ted Saskin was hired as the association's executive director, have also allegedly had their electronic mail interfered with, according to sources.
The question now is one of democracy — and the only way Saskin can answer is to provide full explanations for his constituency, to be seen to be above reproach.I'd said back in January that it seemed the end was near for Ted Saskin, as a trail of inexplicable deeds continued to be linked to his administration. And as more of these stories continue to come out, stories detailing abuse of trust and misuse of union money, it seems more and more likely that the league's bright new union head will be ousted almost as quickly as he was instilled.
Until then, the dissidents, a lonely little group not so long ago, are going to be emboldened, and are going to celebrate as former doubters join their ranks.
As we continue to learn more of the details behind the NHLPA's shenanigans, the question that I keep coming back to is: How on earth can Saskin recover from this?
And more often than not, I'm at a loss for an answer.
I don't think he can.
- As for the NHLPA's email system: I know from corresponding with a few players the past couple of years that quite a lot of them use their union account almost exclusively as their main email address — meaning that, if the allegations were true, the union could access almost everything sent electronically from all 600+ players. On the whole, this isn't a tech-savvy group.
- There have been a few, minor complaints from those who aren't interested in reading about the union fracas, and I heartily encourage those readers to simply mosey along and move onto other material. I don't plan on ignoring these stories at any point in the future.