NHL Lockout: What’s Next for League and NHLPA After Failed Federal Mediation?

November 29th, 2012 by Nicholas Goss Leave a reply »
To no one's surprise, not much was accomplished (via Pierre LeBrun of TSN) during this week's CBA talks between the NHL and NHLPA with the assistance of federal mediators.

NHL-NHLPA meeting with mediators over. Told no progress

— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) November 29, 2012 Federal mediation wasn't expected to produce a breakthrough in negotiations, and after two days of trying with a middleman, it has proved to be a giant waste of time.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly commented in regard to this week's meetings (via Dan Rosen of NHL.com on Twitter):

Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players' Association. After spending several hours with both sides over two days, the presiding mediators concluded that the parties remained far apart, and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time. We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful.

There aren't many options left for the league and its players. They have tried negotiating, and that hasn't worked. They have met for hours and hours for c ...

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