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Saskin awaits fate

BRUCE GARRIOCH

, Last Updated: 10:29 AM ET

Ted Saskin is down to his final hours.

The executive board of the NHL Players Association and the representatives will meet again tomorrow by conference call. It's believed they've already asked the embattled executive director to resign.

But Saskin, who the players placed on paid leave along with senior director Ken Kim last week, isn't expected to bow out quietly.

Sources say Saskin has promised a legal battle. That means the players will likely be forced to hire independent legal counsel to look into allegations Saskin was reading player e-mails and to ensure the union has just cause to fire the man who replaced Bob Goodenow after the 2004-05 lockout.

"The players want to make sure this time they do everything right," said a high-profile agent.

"They acted too hastily in hiring Saskin and they don't want to make that mistake again in firing him. They want to make sure this is done right, that proper protocol is followed, that they have just cause and that they adhere to the constitution of the union."

Ideally, the players want to avoid paying Saskin -- who is making $1.9 million a year -- a $3-million buyout he's owed if his contract is terminated.

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