Hockey

Daly defends e-mail exchanges with Saskin

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says e-mails between him and former NHLPA boss Ted Saskin were completely innocent and for business purposes only.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says e-mails between him and former NHLPA boss Ted Saskin were completely innocent and for business purposes only.

Leaked e-mails between the two hockey power players appeared in Saturday's Toronto Star, implying that Saskin got help from the league in his fight against Detroit Red Wings veteran Chris Chelios and other members of the players' union dissident group that eventually ousted him.

One e-mail from Daly to Saskin, dated Sept. 16, 2005, talked about who might be behind the fight against the PA's executive director, citing Chelios among others.

Daly said he has nothing to hide from his e-mail conversations with Saskin.

"I don't regret or apologize for any communication I had with Ted Saskin over many years," Daly told the Canadian Press on Saturday. "All were completely above board and entirely consistent with my professional obligations to my client and to the sport."

Saskin was fired as executive director of the players' union last spring amid allegations he accessed the players' private e-mail accounts to gain information for his benefit.

The dissident group, which included Chelios and Anaheim Ducks blue-liner Mathieu Schneider among others, said Saskin's hiring in 2005 did not follow the player association's bylaws.

The NHLPA could name its newexecutive director as soon as next week.The five-person search committee — which includes NHLers Chelios, Mike Cammalleri,Shawn Horcoff, Robyn Regehr and unrestricted free agent Eric Lindros — has three candidates remaining on its short list.

With files from the Canadian Press