Sports lawyer: Habs decision on Gomez could cost them
Sports lawyer Eric Macramalla, TSN's sports legal analyst, says he wouldn't be surprised if the NHLPA filed a grievance over the Canadiens' decision to "bubble wrap" Scott Gomez for the purposes of buying him out.
Macramalla told the Aaron Rand Show last night that NHLPA head Donald Fehr had a history of this kind of thing when he was running the Major League Baseball Players Association.
"You look at Donald Fehr, when he was head of the MLBPA, he would grieve everything. If one of his members feels he is not being treated fairly, it would not be a surprise here to see a grievance filed," said Macramalla.
Last night, CJAD sports received the following email confirmation from the NHLPA: "On background, the PA has been in contact with the NHL and we are currently reviewing this matter." The players' association would provide no further details.
Macramalla said in a case like this, sending Scott Gomez home, even with pay, from the players' standpoint, will deprive him of an opportunity to showcase himself and it could adversely impact his ability to make a living.
"The Habs had no choice to buy out Gomez. But the way they're going about is going to be open to scrutiny here."
Macramalla went on to say that if Gomez pursues a grievance, it could end up in binding arbitration and could result in Gomez receiving financial compensation.