Ted Saskin, Executive Director of the NHLPA, is embroiled in a controversy surrounding his alleged reading of players’ personal emails. Apparently a player saw an open email of Dwayne Roloson’s on Saskin’s computer and alerted the Oiler’s goalie of this. Now, the player reps are due to have a conference call tonight with the interim NHLPA executive committee, to discuss Saskin’s future. Saskin meanwhile has decided to blame his old boss, dethroned NHLPA Executive Bob Goodenow for the intrusion into players’ personal lives.
Saskin’s troubles began when he was immediately named permanently to replace Goodenow on the day Bobby “no cap” Goodenow departed. Trent Klatt, then Executive Board member, immediately voiced concern and thought Saskin should have been appointed on an interim basis while a proper search was conducted for a new director. Chris Chelios felt the same way and together they pursued the issue since the management change occurred. Saskin worked VERY closely with Bettman’s right-hand man, Bill Daly, to create the new CBA and end the lockout. Some are now voicing concern that Saskin may have been too buddy-buddy with the NHL’s top management and, in fact, may have been installed as director in collusion with none other than Gary Bettman. Both Bettman and Saskin are lawyers and share a desire to be in the spotlight. Hopefully, if the allegations prove to be true, both will be like a deer in the headlights.