NHLPA fires Paul Kelly (UPD: player review of firing completed)
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08-31-2009, 03:08 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
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Goodenow spent two years before the lockout travelling around briefing the players and the agents on the strategy that had been endorsed by the player reps. Goodenow had his marching orders blessed by the executive. Everyone at the NHLPAwas in agreement,
The NHLPA had worked its strike fund with a two year timeline in mind and provided financial planning to help players prepare for a lengthy work stoppage.
Goodenow was very clear with the players if they decided to go down this path it would not be until the second year of work stoppage that it would likely be possible to get an agreement.
His mistake was underestimating the commitment of many of the players and the ability of certain agents to undermine the strategy.
I don't disagree that this was the "plan" and it was endorsed by seemingly everyone at the top of the NHLPA. I am merely stating that this "plan" was never going to work, was never going to pay off in terms of greater career earnings for 99% of the PA, and the end result was almost inevitable after the first year.
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