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NHL, union won’t turn to federal mediator yet

Nov 1, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT


A month ago, we talked about the possibility of a federal mediator getting involved with the ongoing CBA negotiations.

That hasn’t happened so far, but both sides have independently been in contact with federal mediator George H. Cohen, who helped with the NBA’s and NFL’s recent labor negotiations, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Unfortunately the response from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was less than inspiring.

“No news here,” Daly said. “Consistent with interviews we gave at the end of the summer. We have both separately been in touch with the FMCS at various points during this process. So far, I think we all have been in agreement that we didn’t think that the introduction of a mediator into the process was timely or that it would necessarily further the process. That may change at some point, but it hasn’t yet.”

The obvious question is: Given how much is at stake and how long this lockout has been going on for, what would need to change in order for the two sides to agree to a mediator?

Last month, Daly cautioned that a mediator would only help if “both sides are willing to embrace it and compromise,” although that might not be the reason behind the decision not to use a federal mediator at this time.

  1. mpg44 - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    Cause they have been doing such a bang up job so far !!! Blow it out your ass , both of you!!

  2. hockeyflow33 - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    This should have been done once no deal was reached at the start of the pre-season

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    It would certainly seem that it would be helpful to have a grownup in the room, if for no other reason than to teach the NHL that negotiating doesn’t mean saying “take our offer or go away.” It means looking for ways to get some of what each side needs and letting go of what they want but can live without, so that each can be at least somewhat happy.

    • mpg44 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:04 PM

      Hey , no offense but the nhlpa needs to learn that same lesson.

      • tatdue - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        Why? Which offer have the PA said that about smart guy? Oh and better yet when has the NHL offered anything cause all I’ve seen so far are f’n demands….

      • mpg44 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:53 PM

        All of thee offers” lead towards a 50/50 split . Which means the wont go with it right off the bat.

      • mpg44 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:55 PM

        And besides … Both of them are “f” ed up for causing this mess to begin with. Notice I said BOTH OF THEM!! All the nhlpa is doing is making demands also. Two wrongs don’t make a right!!

  4. jayreiterman - Nov 1, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    We got to ask Romney and Obama what they are gonne do to end the NHL lockout to get all NHL fans to vote for them.

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    “And perhaps the biggest factor of all, anger is now a major part of this process…..The league is furious that 1) players “confuse revenue with profits,” according to one owner and 2) the NHLPA kept them waiting 90 minutes in Toronto before the gong show of a get-together on Oct. 18 and 3) Donald Fehr was born.”

    Friedman nails it.

  6. steelers88 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    What the? What is wrong with both of you? Comon man

  7. johnnycash19 - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Neither of them are trying. I’m tired of this BS. Their both acting like 5 year olds.

  8. wranglerick - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    So in other words, they ( both sides ) dont want to solve the issues, have enough money already in the account so they can survive, and give a s*** about the fans………as usual

  9. wranglerick - Nov 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

    oops, that would be they dont give a s*** about the fans

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