Steve Fehr

Steve Fehr: ‘Not very likely’ he’ll be next NHLPA boss


Steve Fehr doesn’t sound like he wants to follow in the footsteps of his brother.

That was the word out of Ottawa on Monday night as Fehr all but shot down rumors he’d be taking over as head of the NHLPA once his brother, Donald Fehr, steps down from the role.

“It’s not very likely,” he told the Ottawa Citizen.

Steve also added it’s unlikely Don will move on to head up the National Basketball Players’ Association, something that’s popped up in rumor mills over the last month.

Steve, 60, currently serves as special counsel to the NHLPA and played a prominent role while brother Don, 64, led the players’ union through a 113-day work stoppage.

Many have suggested Steve was being groomed to take over the executive director position once his brother moved on.

Those rumors intensified in mid-February when the NBPA unanimously voted to remove its executive director, Billy Hunter, after a controversial investigation into the union’s business practices.

Don was floated as a possible successor to Hunter by a number of prominent player agents.

Torres suspended pending hearing

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According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Raffi Torres has been suspended pending his disciplinary hearing with the league for his hit on Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres was assessed a match penalty for targeting Silfverberg’s head on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old missed all of last season with a knee injury, and it looks like the start of his regular season will be delayed once again.

Head coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have come back into the game, but he was held out for precautionary reasons.

Ducks center Ryan Kesler didn’t hide his feelings after the contest.

“(Torres) is the same player every year,” Kesler told reporters. “He needs to learn how to hit. That has no part in our game anymore.”



Oilers place Scrivens on waivers

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The Edmonton Oilers placed Ben Scrivens on waivers on Sunday.

Should he go unclaimed, the 29-year-old will be sent to the American Hockey League.

It looks like Edmonton will enter the regular season with Cam Talbot and Anders Nilsson as their goaltenders.

Scrivens was the team’s number one goalie last year, but his overall numbers were among the worst for starting goaltenders in the NHL.

He had a 15-26-11 record with a 3.16 goals-against-average and a .890 save percentage in 57 games last season.

Scrivens is scheduled to make $2.3 million in the final year of his contract.

If he does end up in the AHL, the Oilers will carry $1.35 million of dead money on the salary cap.

The move comes one day after Edmonton placed Nikita Nikitin on waivers.

The 29-year-old officially cleared on Sunday afternoon.