The NHLPA and Realignment

The Latest From The NHLPA On The Realignment Issue: PA still gathering feedback from members on realignment. Exec board will decide this week whether to make call itself or hold full PA vote. There’s a fight going on here that the fans should be paying attention to. The problem is, it’s a quiet one so it’s easy to miss. Welcome to the world of Donald Fehr.  If you think back to the previous work stoppage — not the one we’re dealing with this season, but the one before — the owners made big noises about wanting to make the players partners in the game, and that was part of the “concessions” that helped bring the agreement and the new CBA.  The owners quickly made clear the whole concept was a sham; they put a couple of players on the competition committee, which was routinely ignored, to the point Martin Brodeur quit as a waste of time. And that was the most progressive aspect of “partnering”. In pretty much every other aspect of the game, the players were quickly told to go back to playing and leave the hard business stuff to the owners.  Sometimes I think the owners forget that players have memories. And they remember this stuff. And so when a situation happens where they can “return the favor”, they will.  After that CBA, the NHLPA spasmed, Kelly...

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