The National Hockey League Players Association was created to protect the rights of the players in the NHL and to make sure they aren’t being taken advantaged of, or jerked around by their respective NHL teams. The NHLPA was very vocal during the lockout and they’ve been vocal regarding suspensions to David Clarkson and Shawn Thornton. However, one of the members has been given a rough ride lately, and they’re no where to be found.
Mikhail Grigorenko has signed an NHL contract making him property of the Buffalo Sabres a team in the NHL and with nearly
50 games of NHL experience under his belt I think that makes him a member of the NHLPA or at least someone who the NHLPA should be supporting. Yet Grigorenko has been messed around with by both the Buffalo Sabres and the NHL, so why hasn’t the NHLPA at least stood up for one of their players?
Sure, the NHLPA can’t make the Buffalo Sabres play Mikhail Grigorenko, but shouldn’t they at least stand behind him and protect his rights or help petition the NHL to make an exception and allow him in the AHL? Correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that the sort of thing unions usually do? If Sidney Crosby or Alex Ovechkin were being treated half as badly as this, you can bet your bottom dollar the NHLPA would be on the scene in a flash but because it’s happening to a Buffalo Sabres rookie they don’t care?
Is it because he’s a rookie? Is it because he plays for the Sabres? Is it due to the threat of the KHL? Maybe it’s due to the fact they don’t think they have an argument, but they should at least be supporting him and taking him under their wing as he continues to get jerked around.
Anyone think it’s a little odd that the NHLPA has been in hiding during Mikhail Grigorenko’s NHL struggles? Shouldn’t they’ve supporting one of their young members whose been frustrated by his NHL experience to date?