NHLPA could take first official steps toward making Donald Fehr their leader today
From an outsider’s perspective, it seems like any move to impede Donald Fehr’s quest to become the head of the NHLPA would just delay the inevitable, but the process still hasn’t technically begun.Ken Campbell reports that Fehr may finally become an “official” candidate for the job today, though, as the players association is holding another Wednesday conference call.
The coronation of Donald Fehr as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association could receive a significant boost during a conference call this afternoon.
It would mean Fehr, who has been an unpaid advisor with the NHLPA for months and has been coy about his intentions for the top job, could become an official candidate and the frontrunner for the job as early as today.
It’s possible during the call the search committee will formally submit Fehr’s name for the vacant executive director’s job and recommend that he be hired. The executive committee, which is comprised of the 30 player representatives, would then hold a vote on whether or not to put the matter to a ratification vote of the full membership during training camp.
In order for the vote to go to all the players, two-thirds of the player reps on the conference call would have to approve, something that is expected to happen. It’s also expected the players will discuss how the votes among members will be counted, whether or not each player’s vote will count individually or whether each team will vote on Fehr’s candidacy based on the results of the vote among its players.
Told there will not necessarily be decision/vote on Fehr today. Definitely a discussion taking place, though.
Still, Fehr has been a part of negotiations that didn’t involve a work stoppage, so it’s probably a bit hasty to play “Taps” for the 2012-13 season. Hopefully everyone involved will be wise enough to realize how crippling another work stoppage would be for anyone associated with the league.