Bob Goodenow is stepping down as head of the NHL Players' Association, less than a week after the union and league approved a new labor deal to end a lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season.
This is no surprise. He led the players into a war, which they lost, and they lost in spectacular fashion. For example, they ended up with a deal worse than what was originally offered. Hopefully the strong showing of the NHL owners during the lockout will severely weaken the strength of the players union and they will have the relationship like the NFL does, i.e. one that works.