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Will the NHL, union seek a federal mediator soon?

Nov 13, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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This lockout might end soon, but right now it seems like the NHL and NHLPA have some awfully significant differences of opinion.

So once again the topic turns to the possibility of introducing a federal mediator in the hopes of pushing the negotiations forward. Two weeks ago, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly “didn’t think that the introduction of a mediator into the process was timely or that it would necessarily further the process.” Still, he suggested that might change at some point.

So has it?

NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr recently suggested that the union is open to a mediator, but his impression is that the NHL “isn’t terribly interested it.”

Maybe it’s time to revise that impression.

“They haven’t approached us about it but if they did, certainly it’s something we’d take back to our group and consider,” Daly said according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

Obviously that’s not the same as Daly committing to having a mediator, but based on Fehr and Daly’s recent statements, it seems like it’s at least a possibility.

  1. atwatercrushesokoye - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Some in the Canadian media keep throwing out the name Bill Clinton as a possible mediator.

  2. mt99808 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    Of course the NHL doesn’t want a mediator. Mediator would come in and see that the players are doing all the giving and getting nothing in return.

  3. coreydm80 - Nov 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    @atwatercrushesokoye. Hilarious.

  4. sjsharks66 - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Jesus Christ, PHT has been boring lately..

  5. ballistictrajectory - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:26 AM

    Hmmm… Coupla weeks back both sides consulted mediators, then had this stretch of meetings. Could be the consultants pointed out a decided lack of good faith, which now appears to be “resolved”

  6. mississippimudslinger - Nov 13, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Not too sure why any article on here is beginning with the words ” This lockout might end soon”… they arent even close . Face it , the Season’s done .

    • mgp1219 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:17 PM

      Hey mrs. sippee,
      How are you honey boo boo?

      Are you and your sister still married? If not, there’s always your cousin betty lou waitin’ for ya.
      imagine that family reunion. all the in-laws would be each others step-parents.

      go on and find some nascar to watch. i hear they had a nice brawl after the last race. finally, a reason to watch that crap.
      Ya’ll have a nice day now.

    • Ryan Dadoun - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:03 PM

      If there’s a breakthrough or one side (or both sides) decides that the remaining gap isn’t worth blowing another deadline over (once we get closer to the deadline), things might move quickly. There might be a point in these talks where the majority of fans go from assuming that all is lost to watching an announcement about a newly finalized CBA in a short amount of time.

      I’m not saying that there will definitely be a 2012-13 campaign, but at the same time I do think that it’s too early to give up hope.

  7. mmchugh619 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Yes mudslinger, we get it, you think the season is over, get something new to say.

    This good be a good sign. They both know they need something to get this thing moving along. Of course you still have to agree to deal in good faith, and give as much as get, which may be difficult for Daly to do. Hopefully it’s something they seriously consider.

  8. gregman98 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    From The Onion:

    ’04-’05 NHL Lockout Enters Ninth Year,30310/

  9. coreydm80 - Nov 13, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    @mgp1219 YESSS

  10. capsfan19 - Nov 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM

    “My name is bill clinton, we’re gonna solve this problem people with two things: my saxophone and my girlfriend, i mean, friendly assistant monica”

  11. antkowiak666 - Nov 13, 2012 at 2:49 PM


  12. trick9 - Nov 13, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Every fan should already know why there hasn’t been a mediator in recent months and its the same reason why they won’t get one in the future.

    Owners are playing hardball and they don’t want mediator to come in and ruin it. I mind players are already giving up back to 50/50 and still owners want all their contracts rights reduced. What kind of mediator would guarantee them results even close to that, while still keeping NHLPA happy?

  13. mississippimudslinger - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Nascar makes more revenue from just selling merchandise at 6 races then the NHL makes in an entire year Chew on that Can-Uh-Duh

    • mgp1219 - Nov 13, 2012 at 6:47 PM

      mrs. sippee,
      that just proves how simple minded you rednecks are.
      by the way, l’m from boston, not canada.

      y’all have a honey boo boo day.

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