I had a very long post all set to go this morning, but unfortunately it’s disappeared into that shadowy place where all lost documents go. It’s a little frustrating, admittedly, but not as frustrating as that time I lost half of my college essay on Klee Wyck. But, enough about me – on to hockey.
The first item listed in the title above was the subject of my vanished post. Lester Munson, who has done an incredible job covering the recent adventures of the NHLPA for ESPN, reported yesterday that sports labour lawyer David Feher is interested in Paul Kelly’s vacant position:
Feher, 51, a veteran of labor wars in the NFL and the NBA who has negotiated eight major collective bargaining agreements, wants the job, according to a number of lawyers and union officials familiar with the situation. Feher declined to comment to ESPN.com.
Feher is an incredible candidate, and somebody the NHLPA should absolutely be interested in, at least based on his work history. His profile at Dewey & LeBoeuf lists a good portion of his resume; he’s been in the NBA/NFL trenches for years and seems to have been involved in every game-changing court case in those leagues over the past twenty years. He’s also previously been involved with hockey, in support of the Professional Hockey Players Association (PHPA), which represents players in the AHL, ECHL and CHL. After the last lockout, the NHL wanted players earning more than US$ 75,000 in the minors to be subject to waivers; normally, because that proposal was collectively bargained it would not be subject to U.S. labour law. However, because the PHPA was not a subject to the CBA but was affected by this condition (which would serve to drive down AHL salaries), they would have been able to take the NHL to court, and once that was pointed out to the league they were forced to back down.
In short, when the NHLPA decides to pick their new leader, Feher represents a candidate in a completely different weight class than most of the names tossed around out there.
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