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Monday, July 11, 2005

nhl- The Bob Bashing

from Spector and Fox Sports, As the hockey world continues to await ratification and implementation of the new collective bargaining agreement between NHL teams owners and the players, criticism of the leaders of the NHL Players' Association has been growing in recent weeks.
Media coverage has been focussing of late on comments from several players who've spoken out publicly against PA executive director Bob Goodenow and his strategy throughout the lockout.
Jaromir Jagr, Jeremy Roenick and Manny Legace all claimed the PA's strategy throughout the lockout was a mistake, with Roenick and Legace claiming the deal presently being negotiated will be worse than what the league was offering prior to cancellation of the 2004-05 season.
The most controversial remarks came from L.A. Kings agitator Sean Avery, who claimed he was furious at Goodenow for "brainwashing" his fellow players and not doing more to keep them informed.
Starved for real news while impatiently awaiting the finalization of the new CBA, the hockey media lapped these comments up. Curiously, comments from players that disagreed with Avery, Legace and Roenick didn't get as much media play.
In recent interviews with local newspapers, the Maple Leafs' Darcy Tucker and Wade Belak, the Canucks' Dan Cloutier, Brent Sopel and Brad May, and the Oilers' Georges Laraque criticized those players who chose the media to voice their complaints about the PA leadership and negotiation strategy....more...