"Constructively dismissed" is a legal term that serves notice to the NHLPA's executive board that Ian Penny intends to fight for the remainder of a very lucrative 5-year contract that sources say starts at $650,000 per year.
The NHLPA will continue to limp along, governed by its 30 player executive board and according to sources, the internal review, supervised by NHL veterans Chris Chelios, Rob Blake, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi will also continue as planned.
It's expected another interim director will be appointed to handle the day to day operations in the Association's Toronto office, with Mike Ouelett, the PA's chief of business affairs speculated as a potential candidate.
Sources say the shake-up inside the NHLPA isn't over with ombudsman Buzz Hargrove, remaining advisory board members, and the six divisional player representatives believed to be next on the chopping block.
The newly formed review committee intends on meeting in person next week with various groups and experienced business advisors who may provide guidance to the four players through the review process.