Less than 24 hours before the NHL was to celebrate its 2009 Hall of Fame inductees, the NHLPA soap opera reared its ugly head again.
With interim executive director Ian Penny having recently stepped down, Buzz Hargrove informed the union yesterday that he is resigning as interim ombudsman effective immediately.
“In spite of some disagreements on issues with some of the executive board as well as disagreements with some advisery board members and staff, I have worked to try and strengthen the NHLPA,” Hargrove said in a statement last night.
“I have come to the conclusion that I cannot under the current situation be effective in the role of the ombudsman or assist the leadership in building unity and solidarity that is necessary to move the NHLPA into the future.”
There have been suggestions that Hargrove was a key player in the movement to dispose of Paul Kelly as executive director two months ago, allegations which Hargrove has strongly denied.
Interestingly, the executive board, made up of the 30 player reps, was to chat Sunday night about a number of topics, including who would be hired to handle the settlements for Kelly and Penny.
Some observers feel that Glenn Healy, who re-signed from the union in September, should be a candidate to take over.