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Mediation talks wrap for the day, expected to resume tomorrow

Nov 28, 2012, 8:10 PM EDT

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After meeting for most of the afternoon and into the evening, the NHL and NHLPA along with Federal mediators are calling it a night.

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr released a statement following today’s gathering.

“A small group of NHLPA staff and players met today with two experienced FMCS mediators.  We expect that these discussions will resume on Thursday,” Fehr said.’s Pierre LeBrun shares that the owners and players spent most of the day in separate groups with the mediators. It was expected that today’s gathering would proceed like that.

With the two sides scheduled to do this again tomorrow, we may find out whether or not mediation was able to make any ground in resolving this situation.

  1. whatthepuck2012 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Well no one stomped out in a snit. That’s a step in the right direction.

  2. ron05342 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    “With the two sides scheduled to do this again tomorrow, we may find out whether or not mediation was able to make any ground in resolving this situation.”


    Do what again tomorrow? Meet with separate mediators again? Or meet with each other? If they are meeting with separate mediators again, there won’t be “any ground (made) in resolving this situation.”

    Sorry Joe, your reporting leaves much to be desired.

    • Joe Yerdon - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:21 PM

      Pretty clear they’re meeting with mediators present again. As for how things will break down, I’m not privy to that information.

      Is there anything else you’d like me to hold your hand through?

      • tehboush - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:24 PM

        I enjoyed the article… Will you hold my hand, Joe?

      • ron05342 - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        I was actually wondering if the two sides were going to meet WITH EACH OTHER with mediators present. You know, actual mediation?

        In regards to “holding my hand through” I am sorry, but I thought that detailed and thorough written reporting was actually supposed to do that for the reader. Your response is what I would have expected from a shoddy product to begin with.

        Thanks for the affirmation.

      • Joe Yerdon - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:25 PM

        Thanks for the clicks!

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM

      Actual high-level mediation is done this way. It’s not a divorce proceeding, it’s a billion dollar enterprise.

  3. mississippimudslinger - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    give it up already

  4. csilojohnson - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    Apparently the NHL and NHLPA need someone to hold thier hands through this mess. Hence the mediators.

  5. dhillca - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Frig hockey….loose the year for all I care

  6. ducksk - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:11 PM

    Does anybody really believe anyone in US govt. can help fix anything? Are you kidding me? Fools beget more fools. When you turn to govt. to solve anything, well Godspeed. Kissinger couldn’t fix this. We lay in hope at some overpaid lazy bureaucrat can save the day? “Who’s turn to buy donuts?” And “I’m taking sick leave today”

    • ron05342 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM

      I find that certain individuals such as yourself who label government employees as “overpaid lazy bureaucrats,” “I’m taking sick leave today,” and additional tripe that your ilk typically spew are usually a result of jealousy that you were not able to land such a job.

      Unfortunately for you, you are not qualified, because such jobs actually take intelligence, imagination, dedication, and true patriotism.

      • hockeyflow33 - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:48 AM

        I’m not sure how many government employees you know but ducksk seems to have the correct description.

  7. drunknbflo - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    These mediators are pointless. If they cant force the sides to compromise on issues then the two sides will not make compromises.

  8. sportsfan69 - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    Be patient, it’s posturing on both sides. A deal will be completed by Friday or Saturday. The Board of Governors meeting is next week. The timing is perfect.

    • shotzongoal - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:49 PM

      I very much agree with you SF69. I think thing will now fall in place. The timing is perfect!

  9. shotzongoal - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Mediation rarely has the opposing parties meeting face to face. In this case this is good because it removes the animosity between the principals. Generally, the groups are in different rooms and the mediator goes from room to room to present issues, offers, opinions and possible solutions. Mediation works best if the parties want to settle or agree. What I think can come out of this is ostensibly, the mediator’s “good sense” convinces both sides to make the deal and both the NHL and the NHLPA walk away with their head held high even if one or both of them had to move off their original position. I think this is more important in Fehr’s case.

    I’m still hoping for a deal by the Board of Governors meeting on Dec 5!

  10. sportsfan69 - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Canada’s heritage will be saved.

    • mississippimudslinger - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:34 PM

      go away loser

  11. snowman218 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    These Fools sill think we care .. !!

    • comeonnowguys - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:03 PM

      Says the guy reading and posting on a site dedicate to NHL hockey. Nice try.

  12. herenowthengone - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    The silence you hear is apathy. I never hear any news about this lockout from the media any I live in the state of Hockey! The NHL and players don’t seem to get this. Very few people in America even care that there is no NHL this year.

  13. id4joey - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Mediation…. No one in the business of sports negotiations has said anything positive about this process. Is the season doomed or is Dec 5th really a date that will change the course of this conflict?

  14. ducksk - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Last time we brought in dream team of fed mediators we lost the season. See you on the other side of fiscal cliff. When a deal is done it will because the players cave in. Could be next week.

  15. capsfan19 - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Whatever happened to bill clinton??

    “Mediation? Hell, hillary never mediated when i could and couldnt see Monica. Now lemme play my sax for y’all.”

    • mmcneels81 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:55 PM

      Bill is working with the Israelis and Palestinians at the moment, which is somewhat more important than the NHL.

  16. ducksk - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Dear government pouge, your are wrong in your assumption. I been there and did that and earned the right to say it. Again, Pinning our hopes on the brilliant, patriotic public servants to fix the NHL is laughable. Oops, it’s 4:01 gotta go. Do I get hazard pay? Overtime? Both?

  17. therealjr - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    At this point, my biggest reason for wanting this to end is having the pleasure of voting with my eyes and wallet and telling them to go to hell with their stupid 48 game season.

  18. beachrover - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:42 AM

    Having been a part of several mediation’s, I see this as a positive sign. Typically when parties agree to mediate, they both want to resolve the issue and agree that they need an objective third party to intervene. As a previous poster said, they won’t even be in the same room together. The mediator will “relay” what each party seeks and he will offer his opinion of what is reasonable from each. Given the amount of dollars in play, I can easily see this one lasting at least 3 to 4 days.

  19. antkowiak666 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:17 AM

    i’m a die hard hockey fan but…..i’m to the point where i really don’t care anymore.if they come out with a deal next week it probaly won’t do much for me really.this season has already been tainted and all the excitement i had at the end of last season is gone.

  20. omniusprime - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Why bother resuming talks? Why not just let the despicable NHL die the ignominious death it so richly deserves? It’s getting too late now to have a meaningful season, although the NHL has never had a meaningful season. Just shut down the worst excuse for a pro sport ever and follow pro basketball.

  21. klownboy - Nov 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Bettman should be fired. I blame him and the owners for creating this mess.

  22. fikuserectus - Nov 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM

    I blame the players. They already make way more than enough to play a kids game. Yet for some reason they think there should be no restrictions on contract length or amounts.

    I say the players should go out and get a real job and see how they like the terms of employment. A real job isn’t anything like the cushy game they play. In a real job you actually have to be productive and prove your worth before getting paid.

    I say lock them out for 2-3 years and see how they like it.

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