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NHLPA a rudderless ship?

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:56 PM ET

At the risk of looking foolish... oops, too late.

Oilers player rep Shawn Horcoff knows the NHL Players Association is beginning to look like jokers after gassing their second leader in two years, but he supports the decision to remove Paul Kelly just a few months into his tenure -- and just two years after firing Ted Saskin.

"We knew it was going to be a PR issue and it wouldn't look very good, but we have 740 members and their well-being is the most important thing," Horcoff said yesterday.

"We met for 16 hours over two days and there was a lot discussed. I can't go too much into it, but it wasn't a hasty decision. Being a person who put Paul in there and being a supporter of Paul, it was going to take a lot to get me swayed."

Horcoff is a smart, college- educated person, so until all the facts come out you have to take him at his word.

But from the outside looking in, the NHLPA looks like a rudderless ship. Even former union reps Brendan Shanahan and Jeremy Roenick have been been very critical of the Kelly dismissal

"Brendan Shanahan wasn't in there," said Horcoff. "For him to make that statement publicly and be critical of us, he wasn't in that office, he doesn't know the information that was passed around.

"That's the most frustrating thing; we want to come out and explain to the players first and foremost before anyone made comments to the media about what happened and why the decision was made."

* Edmonton has signed forward Rob Schremp to a one-year contract, so he'll be in camp for the crossroads of his Oilers career.

Schremp would have to clear waivers before being sent to the minors, so he'll get a good, honest look under new coach Pat Quinn.


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