According to sources, Offside: A Sports Law Blog has learned that before Donald Fehr agrees to step in as head of the NHLPA, the players need to "overwhelmingly vote" to accept his appointment. However, before the players vote on his appointment, Fehr will meet with the players of each team and that will start later this month and is scheduled to conclude by the end of October. During these meetings, Fehr will address the state of the union, where things are headed and answer any questions.
Offside therefore can confirm that given the timing of the player meetings, Fehr won't be in place as NHLPA head before November.
This follows the NHLPA announcing on Saturday that its Executive Board had voted to accept the recommendation of the Search Committee comprised of Ryan Getzlaf, Jamie Langenbrunner, Brian Rafalski, Brian Rolston and Mathieu Schneider to appoint Don Fehr as the new head of the NHLPA.