I'm actually VERY surprised at this but I wonder how much the CBA stuff had to do with this. In fact, I wonder how much CBA stuff has to do with ALOT of things (like the rumors that Klatt won't be back). The Board was: Linden, Boughner, Damphousse, Alfredsson, Guerin, Klatt, Irbe...it looks like three of them might be out of the NHL for good (Damphousse, Klatt, Irbe) and Boughner probably would be too if he didn't already have a contract. I wonder who the next wave of NHLPA leaders will be? Sean Avery?
Irbe was done anyways, splitting time the last 2 seasons as a vet between the NHL/AHL/ECHL because of a big contract and poor performance. If it was for his 01-02 playoff performance he would be completely irrelevant.
If Klatt is done (which I have a hard time believing just from a monetary standpoint) it is by his own choosing not some vast conspiracy.