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The NHL Players' Association did not make a decision on its leadership after two days of meetings, although Pittsburgh Penguins player representative Max Talbot said he hoped one will come in "the near future."

On his way out of the union's executive committee meeting on Wednesday as the meetings wrapped up in Toronto, Talbot said "there are different options we discussed" but no consensus was reached. The options and possibly a recommendation were presented by the union's search committee - Ryan Getzlaf, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rolston, Brian Rafalski and Mathieu Schneider.

Many players and their agents want Donald Fehr, the retired executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association who is serving as an advisor to the NHLPA, to become the new executive director, at least for the next two years. Since Fehr has no wish to be the long-term executive director, this would allow him to handle the next round of labour negotiations when the collective agreement expires in September, 2012. Union sources say they would also hire a second leader who would get to know the players and then take over from Fehr once the next collective agreement is in place.

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Talbot acknowledged this plan but said "there are different options. We are talking about those options."

The major candidates for the second leadership job are David Feher, a prominent New York labour lawyer, Doug Allen, the former assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and Richard Berthelesen, general counsel for the NFLPA.

There was no immediate word Wednesday about the new constitution for the NHLPA. It was presented to the executive committee for approval at the meetings.

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A native of Wainfleet, Ont., David Shoalts joined The Globe in 1984 after working at the Calgary Herald, Calgary Sun and Toronto Sun. He graduated in 1978 from Conestoga College and also attended the University of Waterloo. More

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