Fehr inches closer

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Donald Fehr inched closer to becoming the next executive director of the NHL Players’ Association this week.

But no cigar to light up just yet.

Fehr, who was director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association for 27 years, has worked as an unpaid adviser for the NHLPA since it dumped union boss Paul Kelly last year.

Fehr attended the NHLPA’s charity golf tourney on Monday at Rattlesnake Point near Oakville, where he introduced himself to a number of team player reps who were in Toronto for two days of annual meetings.

However, the players were not prepared to rubber stamp Fehr for the job, despite strong support from Calgary Flames defenceman Robyn Regehr and Buffalo Sabres’ Steve Mondator, among others.

Leafs sign mueller

The Maple Leafs signed German Olympic team forward Marcel Mueller to a two-year, entry-level contract. Mueller, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound winger, scored 24 goals and averaged just over a point per game in 53 outings with the Cologne Sharks of the German Elite League last season.

Camp news

Dean and Jake Chelios participated in the Detroit Red Wings developmental camp this week and will be teammates with the Michigan State Spartans this fall.

Dean, 21, scored four goals and added six assists as a freshman forward at Michigan last year. Jake, 19, collected 12 goals and 34 points with Chicago of the U.S. Hockey League.

Their father Chris, of course, had his own Hall-of-Fame career with the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks and later Detroit. Neither son has been drafted.

AROUND THE RINKS

The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left winger J.F. Jacques on a one-year contract. Jacques tallied four goals and seven assists in 49 games, all career-bests, last season before a back injury ended his year prematurely ... The Washington Capitals signed right wing Brian Willsie to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed... The Minnesota Wild signed centre Joel Broda to an entry-level contract. Broda, 20, had 39 goals, 34 assists and 65 penalty minutes in 66 games with the Calgary Hitmen last season.

— with files from Sun wires


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