Saskin’s future with NHLPA remains in doubt

NHL Players’ Association executive director Ted Saskin and senior director Ken Kim remain on paid leave after both were accused of monitoring player e-mails. The action was taken Sunday after a vote by the 30 player representatives.

Saskin joined the NHLPA in 1992 and was credited with helping the union increase its revenue in the licensing department, including the trading card category. He took over as executive director on July 28, 2005, replacing Bob Goodenow, who resigned. Some players believed Saskin would take over on an interim basis and form a search committee to interview other candidates. Instead, he negotiated a five-year contract with then PA-president Trevor Linden.

The players reps on the call included Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios, the leader in the effort to unseat Saskin. Chelios persuaded player reps to approve hiring a Toronto law firm in late January to conduct an internal review of the NHLPA and look into the hiring of Saskin.

Linden said this week that hiring Saskin as executive director “was the right decision,” since he understood the complexity of the collective bargaining agreement and was familiar with where the NHL found its revenue streams.

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