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New vote welcomed

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Neither Bryan McCabe nor Tie Domi figures anybody but Ted Saskin will be the NHL Players' Association executive director by the end of the week.

McCabe, the Maple Leafs player rep, and Domi, who has been outspoken against the manner in which Saskin was hired, endorsed Saskin's decision to have a secret ballot vote this week regarding his election as the NHLPA executive director.

"The right channels are being pursued now,"McCabe said. "It's all I have to say. It is being dealt with internally and it will be a dead issue, I'm sure, in a few days.

"Ninety per cent of the guys do (think Saskin is the right man for the job). So we'll see."

McCabe was not happy that the NHLPA executive committee's appointment of Saskin was done without a secret-ballot vote by each team representative. When the vote was done by phone on Aug. 31, it was 31-6 in favour of Saskin. McCabe was not part of the majority in that vote.

Domi, despite his criticisms, has maintained he was upset only with the process. But Domi still would have liked to have all 700-plus players vote on the issue, and he wanted to see a search committee put together to find a replacement for Bob Goodenow.

"It's half-satisfactory," Domi said. "For the most part it was never about Ted Saskin, it was always about the process. I have no doubt Ted will be the guy."

Many players have said publicly that Saskin and the manner in which he replaced Goodenow was not a problem.

There still is the issue of possible litigation -- executive committee member Trent Klatt, who retired Monday, hired a lawyer to explore the upset players' legal avenues. But now that Saskin has corrected a perceived wrong, it's not clear what could be gained with a lawsuit.


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