1) So does the removal of NHLPA head honcho Paul Kelly bode poorly for more labour unrest come the end of the current CBA? Sorry if we disagree with the NHL/Bettman mouthpieces like Stan Fischler, and the article from an Eklund accolite Dee Karl(http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog/Dee-Karl/NHLPA-Unrest-Spells-Trouble/129/22724). We won't get into the specifics of the actual dismissal here. The true story may never be fully known We would also caution readers to be careful what to believe, as many hockey writers have a political bent so to speak, and angle their stories/sources around/to prove it. So be cautious when a writer cites an unnamed source as knowing the inside of why the NHLPA did what it did. Very few will actually be knowlegeable about the truth!
2) Above all though, In our opinion its all mute. It wouldn't matter a wit who the NHLPA was or is (other than Ted Saskin who evidently was a Bettman puppet and would have given the owners anything they asked). http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/2007-05-10-3764202223_x.htm No matter who the new NHLPA was going to be, come the next labour negotiations if the union-)or association as Karl wants us to refer to it,) that person was going to be vilified. How do we know? The instant Kelley was named NHLPA 2 years ago Stan Fischler (one the NHL's unofficial media outlets) went on the attack BEFORE Kelley had even made one official statement! http://www.hockeyjournal.com/Article.php?ArtID=768529
3) As we have maintained, -and in our opinion the facts back us up-all recent work stoppages have been at the behest of the NHL/Gary Bettman. It was the NHLPA who was willing to negotiate and the NHL steadfastly sticking to its guns-sort of speak- with respect to the salary cap. We were led to believe that the hard cap, one without possibility of circumvention, would solve all their league's financial woes/inequities. Small markets would somehow now be able to compete with their high revenue counterparts. Of course the fact that there were 12 different semi finalist in the 3 years leading up to the 2nd Bettman lockout wasn't important to those facts we guess? Have the small markets begun to thrive? Ask a fan in Phoenix. Even a recent success story, the Washington Capitals are said to be barely breaking even, or even losing $$ despite selling out most games and playing in two playoff series.
4) As we have stated since 2007 (actaully before that, but our blog only goes back 3 years), the next round of negotiations will not be pleasent. The owners under stress from the flailing economy, and smelling blood in the water from a weak appearing NHLPA, will go for the throat- with the elimination of guarenteed contracts! Here--> http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2007/10/new-labour-war.html, and then here---> http://newfaux.blogspot.com/2008/09/guarenteed-contracts-next-grounds-for.html. So as stated earlier it doesn't matter whom the NHLPA eventually names, the NHL is going to make that person out to be Satan (not the hockey player) incarnate, and play the victim card once again. The evil millionaire hockey players depriving fans of the game they love. It worked last time, so why not again? Will the players show a spine this time? It could be quite ugly folks!