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Players to begin voting Sunday to give authority to dissolve union


The NHLPA’s options in the face of the suit filed against them by the league aren’t many, but they’ll begin taking action on one of them starting tomorrow.

TSN reports the players will begin a five-day voting period on Sunday to decide whether or not to dissolve the union. Once the vote is completed — and it’s believed they’ll have the votes to support a “disclaimer of interest” — they’ll have until January 2 to file it.

Should things reach this point, the players could see their contracts challenged by the league. In the NHL’s complaint against the players, they said if their move to disclaim or decertify was upheld by the NLRB, they could move to void all current contracts.

While this all sounds like doom and gloom stuff right now, moving things into the courts could actually lead to a new deal being worked out sooner than not. That is if both sides aren’t deadly serious about going through the courts to get this whole thing figured out.

Kassian sent to hospital after being involved in car accident

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Montreal Canadiens winger Zack Kassian was involved in a car accident early Sunday morning.

According to the Montreal Gazette, Kassian was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into a tree.

The SUV was being driven by a 20-year-old female at the time of the accident.

Montreal police confirmed that speed didn’t play a factor in the collision, but alcohol may have.

The Canadiens have since confirmed the incident took place and have also mentioned that Kassian was taken to hospital.

A club official described his injuries as being “minor”.

“(Kassian) was all bloodied up and stuff. He was in a daze,” said Steve Petrenko, a resident of the street on which the accident took place. “He had a hard time walking, and he almost took a fall.”

This story will be updated when more information is made available.

Habs and Fleischmann agree on one-year deal

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The Montreal Canadiens announced that they have signed Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract.

According to TVA Sports, the deal is worth $750,000.

The 31-year-old was invited to camp on a professional tryout, but his preseason performance showed that he could still contribute at the NHL level.

Fleischmann found instant chemistry with new linemates David Desharnais and Dale Weise, and it looks like the trio will open the regular season as Montreal’s third line.

The veteran winger started  last season with Florida, but was traded to Anaheim on Feb. 28. He had a hard time cracking the Duck’s lineup and was a healthy scratch in most of their playoff games last spring.

Fleischmann scored eight goals and 27 points in 66 games last season.