NHL Lockout: NHL Puts on More Pressure as Mediation Fails

November 29th, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »
Two days of talks between the NHL and the Players' Association failed to produce any traction, even with a federal mediator present.

Throughout the session, both sides spoke to each other through the mediator. These types of sessions can prove fruitful when the two parties both believe they are close to a settlement and there's a small bridge to cross.

However, there apparently was no movement on either side.

The NHL locked out players Sept. 15 and games have been canceled through Dec. 14. It seems that the two sides would need to reach an agreement no later than the first or second week in January for the NHL to conduct a viable season. The NHL might make a decision to pull the plug on the season prior to that point.

The NHL has also canceled the Winter Classic, scheduled to be played New Year's Day at Michigan Stadium between the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it has also canceled the All-Star weekend.

Shortly after the mediated sessions broke off, Gary Bettman offered to let owners and players meet on their own (source: @DarrenDreger). No representatives from the league offices or the union would attend.< ...

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