SBD/Issue 52/Leagues & Governing Bodies

He’s Fine With Us: Lightning Endorse Saskin After Meeting

Saskin Wins Lightning Support
After Recent Players Meeting
NHLPA Exec Dir Ted Saskin met with Lightning players Monday night in Philadelphia as part of his on-going player meetings concerning the state of the union, according to Tom Jones of the ST. PETERSBURG TIMES. Lightning C and player rep Tim Taylor said, “It was a very positive meeting. We had a lot of guys with a lot of questions and I think he gave us the answers we were looking for.” Taylor said of the controversy surrounding Saskin’s hire as Exec Dir, “When [former NHLPA Player Relations Dir] Steve Larmer compares it to the [Alan] Eagleson days, those are very harsh words.” Taylor believes the lawsuit filed with the NLRB against Saskin by a group of 27 players is “going to get squashed pretty quickly.” Lightning LW Dave Andreychuk, who was in the NHL when Eagleson was NHLPA Exec Dir, said that Saskin “has his full support.” Andreychuk: “I do trust him” (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 11/23).

MITCHELL TO TESTIFY: A source familiar with the NLRB said that Wild D Willie Mitchell is “one of three players that it plans to call to testify about the alleged shenanigans at the union.” Mitchell said that he has been “frustrated in attempts to get answers from Saskin over the past two months.” Mitchell: “I’ve sent Ted emails and he won’t answer them; he just left me a message saying he’d talk to me at a players meeting in December” (Rick Westhead, TORONTO STAR, 11/23).

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