Saskin, Linden Asked to Resign

Files from and The Toronto Star make up this report.

The Toronto Star reports that a group of NHL veterans are calling for the resignation of NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin, union president Trevor Linden and other players association officials amid allegations that Saskin was hired improperly.

According to the Star, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Chris Chelios, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi and Minnesota Wild goaltender Dwayne Roloson are among the players demanding a change in leadership.

Last week, the Star reported that Saskin’s contract did not come from the full executive board, as required under the Association’s constitution.

The paper added that some players were upset the deal was ratified without a secret ballot, as required.

Linden released the following statement following the report:

“A NHLPA conference call was conducted on Wednesday evening with our full Executive Board, which includes a player representative from each team along with the seven members of our Executive Committee. The Executive Board had lengthy and productive dialogue on Ted Saskin’s new contract and other matters. After a thorough discussion, the contract was overwhelmingly approved. I’m pleased that Ted will continue to represent the players as he has done since 1992.”

Saskin was reportedly offered his contract – worth $2 million a year – in a private conference call when the union should have hired a search committee to search for other possible replacements for outgoing boss Bob Goodenow.

According to its bylaws, the union’s five officers and 30 team player representatives who form the union’s executive board should have first nominated a successor to Goodenow and then held a secret-ballot vote.

“This is supposed to be a democratic union and it’s become communist,” Roloson was quoted telling the Star.

NHLPA sppokesman Jonathan Weatherdon said in a statement that Linden and Saskin have the support of the association’s executive board.

17 Responses to Saskin, Linden Asked to Resign

  1. skandelousHABSfan says:

    I think every has had their fill of the business side of the hockey world for a while. Let’s get back to writing about the game again!

    Training camps are starting today and the pre-season is starting shortly. If that doesn’t get you exited, then you are on the wrong site!


  2. muckies says:

    “And the BETTMAN goes on and on…”

    To bad for Linden, this guy was clean before this, now its bad blood. He’s a good guy and i guess fudged things up on the business side of things.

    Hey Trevor if your listening, Vancouver still loves you, so don’t worry about this B.S. put your skates on and score big goals like you always do, and maybe you’ll see my Sens in the finals.

  3. Flyer_Dman says:

    You think any NHL players read this site or maybe even belong to it?

  4. Linden_Rules says:

    Yeah, sounds as though they just wanted to get everything neatly wrapped up so they could finally start concentrating on hockey instead of all the crap that has happened over the past year.

    I seriously doubt they deliberately did this in bad faith and, as soon as they were made aware of the issues, they had the full board meet on a conference call with the exact same result.

    I love the communist comment by Roloson too.

  5. Ace_Bailey says:

    I think what he meant to say was autocratic…since communism, at its heart, is more an economic policy lol.

  6. skidragoon says:

    Damn didn’t know there was such thing as a compensation finals…

  7. muckies says:

    Yeah for sure,

    they all read the papers, just ask Brian Burke. This guy would call up radio stations and newspapers in Vancouver and scream at the dudes for saying/writing stuff.

    If you practised for 2 hours a day and played 3 times a week, after all the strippers had gone to bed, what would you do.

    If you think we are hockey junkies, these guys live in rinks and all follow the rumor mills. Its human nature, if they made a show about what a lazy shit i was, i’d be on my couch watching it for sure.

    Go Trevor, p.s. i hate the name Trevor….

  8. muckies says:

    to get exctitd, i go to Tits and Ass sites, but if hockey does it for you, you go girl…. that reminds me there is a guy called quick-stick on this site, and you are skandelousHabsfan, have you two ever gotten together and played shoot it in my 5-hole?

  9. skidragoon says:

    especially the ones with the kids, they don’t spend much time with them already as it is but hey what the heck lets find out what people who aren’t family and have no faces think…

  10. skidragoon says:

    thats utterly disgusting, for our sake I hope a admin stumbles over this now they are serious about banning idiots.

  11. DomiforPrimeMinister says:

    Sounds like you are quite familiar with this game Muckies. Are you the captain of your team?

  12. muckies says:

    I don’t follow you, the ‘not family and no faces thing lost me’.

    I think being a hockey player would be easy in the sense of family, sure you are gone lots from Sept-April, but then once you are 30 you get to kick back, count your money, maybe do a hockey school in your town, play a few golf tournamnets.

  13. habsoverserver says:

    Good point. Although while unions are generally communist by virtue of their collective bargaining, the ability of players to negotiate salary on merit as opposed to seniority makes the NHLPA an non-communist union.

  14. KrankyFranky says:

    Canucks fans are asking Linden to retire as well.He takes up a valuable roster spot and gets paid 1.52 mil a year,what a joke.The culture of suck-hole around this guy in the City of Vancouver is unbeliveable,the local Media being the loudest cheerleader for this guy whos skill has droped over the last 4 years like a stone.Also what he did is called treason,he backed stabbed the majority of his PA “brothers” so he could play one more year,thats why he made the deal,screw everyone else as long as little Trev gets to go out on the ice.If Ted Linsey were dead he would be rolling in his grave with what this selfish second-rater has done to the P.A. I hope the truth about Lindens role in this fool’s agreement comes out in the Eastern Media because it wont be coming out of Vancouver

  15. Flyer_Dman says:

    You just described heaven.

  16. rojoke says:

    That “Linsey” line was the single most stupid statement that I think I have ever read anywhere. The fact that you know he’s very much alive, and yet make the statement anyway only goes to undermine everything else in your posting. I’ve never heard of anyone use that type of statement, “if he were dead.” It’s just mind-boggling how anyone could put those words together, then post them in a forum to be read by others. It’s a new low.

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