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Regehr ready for NHLPA fiasco to get sorted out

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

Robyn Regehr won't say whether he believes NHLPA executive directer Ted Saskin will be ousted by tonight's conference call.

First on the mind of the Calgary Flames' player rep is finding out what exactly happened in the latest fiasco that's rocked Saskin's reign as the players' union boss.

"Guys just want the truth. They want to know what's happening and what's going on," Regehr said. "After that, it's a deal for the executive and the players to discuss once we get the truth and where we go from here."

Saskin's job is in jeopardy since reports he had player e-mails monitored through the server set up by the union. Saskin denied the allegations and has said his predecessor Bob Goodenow instructed NHLPA employees review e-mails during the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season.

Goodenow denied Saskin's claims. Regehr, who took over the job as the Flames PA rep from Jarome Iginla after the lockout, would like to see all the issues sorted out properly so the union can move forward.

"It's been an interesting experience trying to sort through everything that's happening and, now, dealing with a he-said/he-said thing, too," he said.

Saskin has been under fire from a group of dissident players since taking over from Goodenow in July 2004.

First came allegations proper procedure wasn't followed in his hiring. An internal review has been conducted by a lawyer hired by the 30 team representatives.

The reps and the six-member executive committee will talk tonight via conference call. It would take a majority vote to fire Saskin, whose five-year contract is worth a reported US$10 million US.

Saskin has said he'll take part in the conference call to tell his side of the issue.Regehr wouldn't tip his hand yesterday on how he'll vote.

"I have talked to Stu Grimson (former Flame and NHLPA legal advisor) about it but I don't think there's any reason to say anything," he said.


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