Alfie's upset PA issue has gone public

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:46 AM ET

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson wishes the NHL Players' Assocation's dirty laundry wasn't flapping in the breeze.

But Alfredsson, an NHLPA vice-president, said players upset with NHLPA president Trevor Linden and the process which saw Ted Saskin appointed as the PA's successor to Bob Goodenow are entitled to voice their concerns.

"Everybody has the right to have their own opinion," said Alfredsson. "I think the vast majority of all the players are happy (Linden)'s there and are supporting him. I have faith in him.

"I think we had a very proper vote when we did vote (Saskin) in. I think the vote was 29-5 or 29-6 (among the player reps). I think that shows the majority wants him there ... He's got a good relationship with the league. He's the perfect fit.

"It's very unfortunate that a lot of the information that shouldn't be out in the media is out. But like I said, it's a democracy."

Senators defenceman Wade Redden said he supports the executive committee's work and Saskin's appointment.

'TED'S A CAPABLE GUY'

"I think Ted's a capable guy," he said. "I want to know what happened for sure and about the process and how it all went down. I honestly think (the executive committee members) have a good overview of what guys are thinking and feeling. I've talked to (Alfredsson) about different things. I know Alfie and he's got his head on his shoulders. I think they were pretty sharp guys up there."

Alfredsson said he plans on staying on and completing his term on the executive committee. His appointment ends next summer.

"We made decisions in the past that were in the best interest of all the players in the union, not for ourselves, that's for sure," said Alfredsson of the executive committee's work.


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