The iminent settlement of the National Hockey League lockout does not sit well with Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who was critical of the union's leadership in a story published this week in the Booth Newspapers Group.
"The whole thing is a farce," the Wings union representative said. "We basically sat out for nothing, wasted a lot of money for nothing. It makes no sense to me.
"They (ticked) off all the owners and (the owners) went out to screw the players. They (players) had the right intention. They made everyone buy into what they told us. Now it seems like they're giving up everything just to start the season on time."
Legace said his comments applied to executive director Bob Goodenow as well as the executive committee, which includes high-profile players.
"If we're going to give up all this now, why wasn't the union smart enough to get a deal done sooner, instead of saying 'screw you', (to the owners) the whole time?," Legace asked. " I lost $1.3 million US. What was the purpose? We hurt businesses downtown (Detroit), we hurt fans, we hurt everybody -- for nothing."
NHL FIGHTS BACK
The NHL's complaints to the National Labor Relations Board, accusing the players' association of threatening to decertify agents for representing replacement players, have been forwarded to the board's legal counsel.
In its complaints, the NHL accused the players' association of violating two sections of the National Labor Relations Act, arguing the threats constitute an unlawful boycott by pressuring agents to cease doing business with an employer involved in a labour dispute.
NEW LEAF DOCTORS
After the surprising overhaul of the Maple Leafs medical staff this week, general manager John Ferguson said a new approach to that area of the club will be unveiled shortly.
Asked if was unhappy with the work of long-time club physicians Michael Clarfield and Darrell Ogilvie-Harris and therapists Chris Broadhurst and Brent Smith, Ferguson said "We are going with a more cohesive medical model."
The Mighty Ducks offered coach Mike Babcock a one-year contract extension and then waited for his answer.
"He has asked for time to think about it, which I understand," new Ducks general manager Brian Burke said.
Babcock said he would make his decision by July 7.
Ex-Avalanche and Leafs forward Warren Rychel has lost his bid in a Colorado appeals court to collect on an insurance claim because a fight injury prevented him from making a fist.
Rychel, who claimed that fighting was part of his job, sued Lloyd's of London, alleging the injury prevented him from fulfilling his role as an "enforcer" and playing a tough, physical game. In an earlier ruling, judges said since fighting was part of the job, and the injury occurred in a fight, it couldn't be considered an "unexpected" injury as Rychel claimed.
Former NHL goaltender Roman Turek signed a two-year contract with HC Ceske Budejovice.