Friday, March 21, 2008
Report: Former NHL union executive Saskin settles for $400K
ESPN.com news services
The National Hockey League Players' Association has reached a financial settlement with former executive director Ted Saskin, The Globe and Mail of Toronto reported.
Saskin, who was fired last May after allegedly accessing players' e-mail accounts, will be paid about $400,000 in a settlement reached with the NHLPA executive board, the newspaper reported, citing unnamed sources.
Current NHLPA executive Paul Kelly said a settlement had been "consummated" but did not comment on the amount, according to the report.
"The document was fully executed," Kelly said of the agreement, according to The Globe and Mail. "Everything that needed to be tendered was exchanged."
"Details of the settlement are confidential. From my position, I'm not able to discuss details," Kelly added, according to the report.
Sources said Saskin had sought the remaining $6.5 million left on his contract, according to the report.
The newspaper reported that more than 20 members of the NHLPA's 30-member executive board -- a player rep from each team -- voted in favor of settling the matter, which dated back to the end of the NHL lockout and former executive director Bob Goodenow's resignation.
Saskin was fired as executive director last May amid allegations he ordered the spying of NHLPA player e-mail in the midst of a membership uprising against his leadership.
"I think it's important to learn from history, but now it's time to move forward in a constructive way and to improve this game for the fans and the players," Kelly said, according to The Globe and Mail.
Saskin's lawyer, Earl Cherniak, could not be reached for comment on the report, according to the newspaper.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.