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Daly, Fehr issue statements after CBA mediation process stalls

Nov 29, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

Bill Daly AP

The NHL spoke with federal mediators for two days and the results weren’t encouraging.

“Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players’ Association,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.

“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.”

NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr’s statement wasn’t any more inspiring.

“Today, players and NHLPA staff, along with representatives of the league, concluded a second day of mediation under the auspices of the FMCS,” Fehr said, according to the NHL’s Dan Rosen. “This afternoon, the mediators informed the parties that they did not think it was productive to continue the discussions further today.

“The mediators indicated that they would stay in contact with the league and the NHLPA, and would call the parties back together when they thought the time was right.”

Meanwhile, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has suggested that the players and owners meet directly without the union and league leaders present. The NHLPA is considering Bettman’s suggestion.

Related:

NHL-NHLPA mediation over — no progress made, no more meetings planned

  1. zetaone - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    The players and owners have the winning powerball lottery ticket, and instead of figuring out how to split the winnings, they would rather rip the ticket up and throw it in the garbage.

  2. mattyo99 - Nov 29, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Whatever, NHL will be crying when the arenas are empty next year

  3. ray21230 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    If we loose this season I am done with hockey and will sell my Capitals season tickets this is ridiculous at least we have football.

    • zetaone - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Shame football will be over before we know it. Then what? Basketball? Baseball? No thanks..

      My backyard will look better than it ever has, thanks NHL!

      • rogersjd16 - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:18 AM

        C’mon man, don’t hate on baseball.

  4. fightnamish - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    SCREW BOTH SIDES, I WILL NEVER WATCH HOCKEY AGAIN. GREEDY STUPID FU@! S

  5. gc19 - Nov 29, 2012 at 8:34 PM

    …..And how is this news worth reporting?

  6. antkowiak666 - Nov 29, 2012 at 9:06 PM

    CANCEL THE SEASON ALREADY!!

  7. ron05342 - Nov 29, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    “There was “no progress” made today.”

    This is news?

  8. sharksfan97 - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:18 AM

    Thanks to the NHL because it’s absence has rekindled my interest in the NFL. The passion I once had for the Sharks now rests firmly with the 49ers. Bottom line, the NHL can die and rot away and I won’t she’s a moment thinking about it.

  9. dlk75150 - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:52 AM

    Goodbye NHL

  10. 8man - Nov 30, 2012 at 6:46 AM

    I keep saying that the owners are not moving on their position. And they won’t admit it, but Fehr has pissed them off. No way this is ending with him getting anything out of it.

    We are getting very close to the point where the owners will be willing to cancel the season in it’s entirety to send a serious message.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:13 AM

      I’m guessing that message would be “We negotiated ourselves into a corner the last lockout, so this time we’ll just not negotiate.”

      • 8man - Nov 30, 2012 at 10:30 PM

        There is brilliance and illumination in what you say.

        I would concur. I would also agree with ownership. Afterall, if you are going to sacrafice everything then get all you want.

  11. fortwaynekomets - Nov 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

    here is our message to the fans:

    “WE DON’T GIVE A FLYING F*** ABOUT THE FANS. YOU MORONS WILL RETURN ANYWAYS.SO WHY.WOULD WE TRY TO ACCOMODATE THE FANS.NEEDS? HOLD ON, I NEED ANOTHER LINE.. BRB. ” – Gary Bettman and the NHL execs.

    0h well….I watch hockey every day on America One Sports online. college, CHL, ECHL… you name it. best thing ever during an NHL lockout!

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