Canuck Surfer Posted August 27, 2015 Share Posted August 27, 2015 On the surface, it looks like the NHLPA has a case considering other substance abuse and personal conduct infractions in the NHL and other pro sports rarely go directly to termination (NFL possibly the lone exception). That said, you must assume LA management didn't take the decision without extensive legal consultation considering the seriousness of the consequences if their decision is nullified. I'm thinking LA must have more than just this incident on record against Richards thereby justifying their actions. Im There's more to this than this isolated incident that's for sure and the outcome will undoubtedly have a ripple effect throughout the league. Imagine GMs around the league terminating contracts for this and that due to conduct issues? How many dead-weight contracts are floating around the league right now? To a degree > I am of the opinion that the teams should set themselves up to be allowed to terminate contracts for particular events. I am not a lawyer, and its hard to quantify how you would stipulate this in a contract. And what exactly is legitimate. But... - Starting on the more fundamental side I would include minimum fitness standards. How many athletes over history have showed up to training camp fat & out of shape? Keith Tkatchuk was famous for being near 250 lbs coming in off the lockout. Having spent the off season drinking beer at the cottage? It sounds a dumb in comparison to say drugs. And Mike Richards. But think about it? Richards signs a $68 mill contract. Then suddenly Philly wants to unload him among raps that he was a sadistic partier. 6 or 7 years on & his play has been on a steady decline. My guess is his activities significantly impacted his ability to train and show up for work in game shape. At the amount of money guys command, standards could be a key to accountability. - In Australia; key Aussie Rules Football stars Bredan Fevola & Ben Cousins, both elite players, were sacked by their teams. In Cousins case for conduct bringing the team into ''disrepute'' if I remember the term used correctly. He was a crystal meth addict. Fevola was a terminal drunk. Who made a donkey of himself at team and league functions. Both were part of larger team culture issues, but figureheads. Cousins was sacked in spite of not hitting any three strike rule infractions. But had been worked with over a period of a few years. Clearly the team had been keeping records of behavioural infractions and incidents; the sacking was not contested. In rugby, a fan uploaded a smart phone vid of a player weeing into his own face, drinking it I think, at a nightclub communal urinal. And had been in trouble for brawling and pissing on buildings in the past. He was sacked in the public image outcry. Clearly there are ways. A team like LA, which was underperforming surfaces with more than one guy being arrested this past summer. It does not take much to put two & two together. The odds are there were four, or eight or 12 guys in a lifestyle group. Other pretty good players, who also had consistency issues, have been allowed to walk UFA. Maybe I am speculating there? They seem on a purge to clean out their dressing room. But LA missed the play off's. Possibly tens of millions of dollars in profits. When issues start surfacing I personally believe teams should have built protection mechanisms into their contracts. Also here in Australia mining giant BHP has a zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs in a persons system. Why couldn't the NHL? I know your thinking that's different. They are handling heavy machinery in dangerous circumstances. This is in their office building in the central business district! Built into the contract is a right to test for alcohol at any time. I believe drugs as well. Blow over 0.0 and u can be escorted out of the building. Progressive discipline then applies and it takes precious few strikes to have your contract terminated. How many coaches have caught flack for calling a 7:30 am training session? To have their team show up hung over on the road. Number one coach killer. Think about it... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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