NHLPA fires Paul Kelly (UPD: player review of firing completed)
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09-01-2009, 01:35 PM
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Well, with Chelios seemingly backing the move, I might think that the hardliners are back:
I asked him what the response has been from his fellow NHLPA members as he explains the thought process behind Kelly's firing.
"A lot of guys obviously don't know what happened, couldn't see it coming," said Chelios, an NHLPA executive board member. "Half the board couldn't see this coming until we got to the meetings. At the end of the day, once everybody is filled in on what happened, they're going to understand and we're going to move on."
Cheli may not even be an NHL player this year.
Kelly, who appeared to defend the players interests while maintaining good relations with the commissioner, looked to be
the victim of a discontented group within the association intent on having a hardline leader leading into negotiations on a new CBA in 2011
"Now a lot of players and even people within the office want someone who is like Bob a bit -- more of a iron fist and being confrontational with the league," said Damphousse. "I feel it's much better to work with the league."
The association gave no specific reason for firing Kelly. They said the move came after a review of his leadership and that it showed that a system of checks and balances brought in before Kelly was hired was working.
Damphousse said that in Kely's case, the checks and balances were more like fetters.
"You can't have watchdogs here and there looking over your shoulder -- it's not a good environment," said Damphousse. "I understand the guys are on their guard, but you can't be overbearing with the guy."
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