Roli, Chelios launch suit at Saskin

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:24 AM ET

Somebody forgot to tell Dwayne Roloson and Chris Chelios that the war is over.

More than a year after the NHL and NHLPA finally settled their ugly labour dispute, the Oilers netminder and Red Wings defenceman are still spoiling for a fight.

Bitter over the process that saw Ted Saskin hired on as the union's executive director, they've taken their coup attempt to court, in the form of a lawsuit against Saskin and former players union president Trevor Linden.

"It's something that hasn't been resolved and needs to be resolved," said Roloson. "When all this started, if everything would have been done properly and done right it would have been a dead issue. It's something that needs to be taken care of."

Roloson and Chelios claim to speak for a number of players who feel they didn't have a say in who took over their union. It stands to reason they are not happy with the new CBA, or they wouldn't be trying to topple the guy who negotiated it, but Roloson wouldn't comment on that aspect of the feud.

"Every union has a constitution that needs to be followed and in this case the constitution wasn't followed, it didn't even come close to being followed," he said. "As a union we need to get rid of this little black mark and make sure it's a strong union like it always has been. I was a proud supporter of the union for many years ... until last year.

"Instead of getting a search committee, or getting all the player reps votes or getting everyone who's involved in the union's vote, it was one guy who said this is the guy and that's it. You have 700 other guys who have the right to vote.

"We want it done right, we want to get a search committee and get the proper executive director. The way things have been handled, I don't think (Saskin) is the right guy for our union."


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