As the NHL Players' Association prepares for one of its biggest challenges in dealing with the Ilya Kovalchuk situation, it continues to do so without an executive director.
On Wednesday, the NHLPA's search committee held a conference call to update the membership. It was reported in the New York Post that PA did not end up voting on a new executive director during the call because a consensus could not be reached, but the NHLPA has refuted that, saying no vote was ever planned - it was strictly an informational call.
According to the Post, though, executive director candidate Donald Fehr has given the NHLPA's executive board a series of conditions that would need to be agreed upon before he would consider accepting the role. They were reported as follows:
-Fehr would receive a salary of $3 million per year that would run through the completion of the collective bargaining agreement after the current CBA expires following next season.
-Fehr would receive a salary of $1.5 million for the remainder of this calendar year.
-He would be allowed to hire his brother Steve, who currently serves as a special counsel to the MLBPA, to an executive position. He is also seeking permission to co-author a book about baseball with his brother.
-Fehr is seeking autonomy related to all personnel decisions within the union.
-Fehr would also be able to live in New York, despite the fact that the NHLPA offices are in Toronto.
-Finally he seeks permission to open a consulting firm but made the stipulation that his first priority remains with the NHLPA.
The NHLPA has been without firm leadership since Paul Kelly was fired in August of 2009 and interim executive director Ian Penny resigned later that year.