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Fehr was quick to caution there’s still plenty of time remaining on the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, but added that doesn’t mean there’s nothing for the new NHLPA executive director to do.

When asked to characterize the relationship that exists between the NHL and the NHLPA, Fehr said it was too soon for him to make an assessment.

“I’m not really in a position to do that on an informed basis,” he said. “All I can tell you is collective bargaining, sort of by definition, is a bit of an adversary process.

“Having said that, it’s obviously in the interests of both the players and the leagues to cooperate when they can and to eventually reach agreements that they both can live with and that they can operate under. I would not want to make a characterization certainly at this point before I have a really good feeling as to what that situation is. That will have to come down the road a bit.”

Something new Fehr would have to handle in potential negotiations with the NHL is a league-mandated salary cap, which doesn’t exist in baseball. But he took a philosophical approach when asked about his opinion regarding a salary cap.

“I can tell you what my view was in baseball, which was it wasn’t needed and I didn’t think it was appropriate and I think events have pretty conclusively demonstrated that the union was right about that,” he said. “All sports are different, the economics of all sports are different, the makeup of the membership is different.

“In the end, you have to make judgments based upon those kinds of things. It doesn’t necessarily mean what works in one place works in another. On the other hand it also isn’t necessarily true that just because something doesn’t work somewhere means it won’t work here.”