NHLPA head gets support

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:08 AM ET

DETROIT -- With NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin on hand to greet the Flames, Andrew Ference put his support behind the beleaguered union head.

Saskin's appointment as leader of the players' association has caused a fury from a group of players but the Flames defenceman said it's time to move forward.

"The priorities I see for the PA are how do we get revenues up? And, with revenues going up, how are we going to drop the escrow? The priorities for the PA aren't about how we're doing things (internally)," Ference said.

Saskin is currently trying to meet with all teams.

Although Ference is not the association rep for the Flames -- that title belongs to captain Jarome Iginla -- he was one of the more vocal players throughout the lockout.

He constantly proposed working together for a solution. Now, he sees a splintered union as a negative.

"The guys are obviously raising questions about the way the business is ran but for me, personally, I think Ted's the right guy." Ference said. "He's got a good working relationship with the NHL, the most intimate knowledge of where the players are at and what we need and can get a lot accomplished if players let him.

"I think priorities right now for some guys are a little out of whack, in my opinion. The growth of our sport and our union is a little more important than all of a sudden getting the hair up on your back about how things are done."


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