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NHLPA finally set to bring Fehr aboard

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:56 PM ET

Donald Fehr, who guided Major League Baseball's union for 26 years, is poised to become the leader of the NHLPA after a lengthy hiring process.

It's now just a matter of when.

Eric Francis of QMI Agency reported Friday that Fehr would be voted in by Tuesday.

On Friday night, TSN reported that the announcement could be made within 24 hours.

Fehr will become executive director of the NHLPA, a job which has been vacant since Paul Kelly was fired in late August 2009.

Fehr's main task will be to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. The current deal with the NHL expires after next season.

NHL deputy commission Bill Daly sees the hiring as a step in the right direction.

"It should be helpful for all of us that the players have now defined their leadership so that we can work together to continue to move our game and the business forward," Daly told QMI Agency.

"While there is no specific agenda or time frame right now, I have no doubt that those issues will begin to define themselves fairly quickly."

Tough break for Pronger

Defenceman Chris Pronger will be sidelined for four to six weeks after surgery on his broken right foot, the Philadelphia Flyers announced Friday.

Pronger sustained a broken first metatarsal in blocking a shot during the Flyers' 5-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

The 36-year-old defenceman has four goals and 11 assists this season.

Pronger could be back by the all-star game on Jan. 30.

"We're going to need him in the spring and hopefully into June, so this may be a blessing in disguise to kind of give him some rest and let us pick up the slack for a little bit," Flyers defenceman Sean O'Donnell told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Stastny hurting

The Colorado Avalanche will get one forward back but has lost another.

T.J. Galiardi will return Friday to play the Ottawa Senators at the Pepsi Center, but Paul Stastny, the team's leading scorer, will miss the game. Stastny hurt his upper back and neck late in the third period of Wednesday's 4-3 win in Chicago.

Cap gets a deal

The Washington Capitals on Friday signed defenceman John Erskine to a two-year contract extension. Salary figures were not disclosed.

Erskine, 30, has three goals and four assists in 31 games.

The 30-year-old native of Kingston, Ont., has appeared in 354 career NHL games with Dallas, the New York Islanders and Washington.


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