September 02, 2010
The New York Post reported Thursday the 30 player reps who comprise the NHLPA's executive board held a conference call Wednesday night without voting whether to install Fehr as executive director.
The Post reported Fehr has given the executive board his conditions for employment, including a $1.5 million salary the rest of this year; a $3 million salary per year through the next round of collective bargaining, with the current agreement expiring in 2012; autonomy relating to union personnel decisions; the ability to hire Steve Fehr, his brother, with whom he worked with the Major League Baseball Players Association; and the ability to live in New York, even though the union is based in Toronto.
"I can say two things: There was no conference call last night, first of all," Fehr said when reached by phone Thursday. "And secondly, I have never discussed contents of discussions with players in baseball or anywhere else. So I couldn't comment on that one way or another. But there was no call last night."
The Sports Business Journal reported Aug. 25 that Fehr had agreed to accept the job as executive director. Several media outlets followed. Former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios(notes) -- once active in the union, now an advisor to hockey operations for the Detroit Red Wings -- said Tuesday as far as he knew Fehr would be there up to the CBA negotiations.
Asked to confirm the original report, Fehr said: "I don't know what that report was, but I'll tell you the same thing that I've told people since the beginning of the process: When there's an announcement to be made, it'll be made. Up until then, I won't have any comment."
Fehr has been working with the NHLPA as an advisor. The NHL has rejected one contract between Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils for circumventing the salary cap, and an arbitrator upheld the decision. The league is still reviewing a second contract between Kovalchuk and the Devils, and it is negotiating with the union over possible additions to the salary-cap rules.
Asked how involved he has been with that situation, Fehr said: "I'm aware of it. That's all I can say."
Is he advising?
"That's all I can say," Fehr said. "I don't discuss internal matters. I can't say more than that."