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Saskin still fighting for job

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin can't escape the heat.

Two sources confirmed to the Sun yesterday the NHL's 700 players are going through a process to decide if there needs to be an investigation into Saskin's hiring by the union in August 2005.

Saskin is already the subject of a lawsuit filed in October in Illinois by Chris Chelios and a group of players.

Sources say the two groups have now issued competing DVDs that are in the process of being shown to all 30 teams.

In one DVD, Chelios' statements made regarding Saskin's hiring at the NHLPA's meeting last summer in Whistler, B.C., are shown.

Then, Saskin tells his side of the story in a separate DVD.

Following the presentation of the videos, players are being asked to decide whether they want the union to launch a full investigation into the actions of the executive board to replace Bob Goodenow after he was fired following the lockout.

Not every team has had a chance to watch the DVDs yet, so it's not known whether the issue is going to be taken any further but the league sources who spoke to the Sun believe there is "a groundswell of support" to see what happened.

"A lot of players just want this issue to go away but there's also a lot who would like to have some questions answered," said a source.

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