Union deserves fresh start, new leader

Updated: July 20, 2005, 7:59 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | Special to ESPN.com

TORONTO -- You know things don't look so good on the job security front when even your former antagonists are happy to praise you.

What's that old Roman saying? We come to praise Bob Goodenow just before we bury him.

On the eve of a ratification vote that will see the National Hockey League's players accept a deal they said they'd never accept, even ownership types are going out of there way to point out Goodenow's good points.

"I have actually been defending Bob this week," ...

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