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Players reportedly not happy with NHLPA hiring

The NHL players' union and some its members are at odds over the hiring of new executive director Ted Saskin.

Among the veterans who question whether Saskin should continue in the role and whether union president Trevor Lindon should retain his job are Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios, Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tie Domi and Minnesota Wild goalie Dwayne Roloson, The Toronto Star reported.

Saskin took over the union after Bob Goodenow resigned July 28. Now some players question whether Goodenow was improperly fired and Saskin improperly hired, the paper reported.

"This is supposed to be a democratic union and it's become communist," Roloson told the paper.

Some players think the union should have hired a search firm to find a new director, rather than promoting Saskin, the union's senior director of business affairs and licensing. They are also upset that he was confirmed during a conference call rather than by secret ballot as called for in the NHLPA's bylaws.

In a statement, union spokesman Jonathan Weatherdon told the Star that both Linden and Saskin have "overwhelming support of the executive board and the general membership. They both look forward to working in the future with any members who have concerns about the direction of the NHLPA."

The new labor deal -- which Goodenow admitted he was not thrilled with -- ended a lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.