Discussion in 'The Business of Hockey' started by swflyers8*, Nov 15, 2004.
Good, but long article.
great article, worth the read.
It certainly gives you a greater appreciation about what an agent has to deal with in their day to day dealings with their clients. Jagr wanting a free car, free apartment...I guess he thought he was still in Europe.
Meehan does bring up a good point about this upcoming meeting with Goodenow. If the agents aren't being asked for their input by the NHLPA, why are they having a meeting?
They're having a meeting to tell the agents to not get involved and to keep them informed of the process. It would be a disaster for the NHLPA if the agents rebelled against them, the players would soon follow.
From what I read, Meehan will respect the negotiation process, only in so far as accountability. He might get involved if the players, his clients, feel that Goodenow is not representing their best interests. He stepped in to help the refs and could step in here. He has a strong relationship with both the players and management.
He represents a fair number of players and Goodenow knows that Meehan could easily wrestle away control of the NHLPA. The agents' meeting might be to tell the agents not to get involved. But for how long? Is Bob Goodenow on the clock?
Say what you will about Goodenow but this guy delivered the goods to the players. He swung the pendelum from one extreme that lasted the life of the NHL to the other extreme in just 10 years. From a player standpoint there would be absolutely no reason to get antsy about Goodenow....unless they grew a concience.... but that is pie in the sky wishful thinking.....
...and the agents come out of the meeting hand in hand with flowers in their hair...'make love not war' and all that.
Funny comparing Meehan's words: