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Welcome back to the party, mediators

Dec 11, 2012, 2:59 PM EDT

Henrik Zetterberg Getty Images

Wednesday’s CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA will include federal mediators Scot L. Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney, per multiple reports.

It won’t be the first time mediators have participated in talks. Two weeks ago, they spent a couple of fruitless days trying to bridge the gap between the two sides.

Last week, it was reported the union requested the participation of mediators in the players-owners meetings. The league has been more hesitant to invite third-party intervention.

It hasn’t been announced where tomorrow’s talks will be held. According to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, it won’t be New York.

Perhaps they’ll meet on a hill.

  1. sharksfan754 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Wish they were federally binding mediators….

  2. capesouth - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:34 PM

    Last chance to pull this off?

    • stakex - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:25 PM

      Not really. In order to get a 48 game season in (Bettman said they won’t play less) the season probably needs to start by the end of January… which means they still have a month to get a deal done and have a season.

      Of course every week that goes by limits how long the season will be, and thus the pile of money the sides will have to split gets smaller.

  3. ewoods6 - Dec 11, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    Has to be done this week. It could stretch into like Monday, maaaaaybe Tuesday.

    There is just no more time left for 48 games after this week. 7 days to doomsday.

    • stakex - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:31 PM

      Wrong. In 1995 the lockout ended exactlly one month from today and the 48 game season started on January 20th. So why you think this week is do or die for a 48 game season is beyond me, when we know for a fact its not. Actually, if a deal was struck this week we would probably see a 56 game season.

      Not to mention all games are canceled through the new year anyway. So if a deal is struck today or a week and a half from now (the weekend before christmas) the start date of the season will probably be the same.

  4. mattyo99 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    They should meet at my house in philly, so i can break bettmans jaw, and roundhouse jacobs in his old ass teeth

    • comeonnowguys - Dec 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      You can’t let Fehr go unspoiled.

  5. mattyo99 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Not doomsday,winter soltice

  6. coreydm80 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    @mattyo99 AWESOME, and that’s the owner of my home team.

  7. islanders1 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    Good article on Bettman and 20 years service . Owner are so arrogate that they do not care when the fan Boo your commissioner. What business other than hockey would have manager running their business that is so disliked by their customers!

    • stakex - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      People don’t use/buy servies based on the person running it…. they do it based on the product. Bettman is a d-bag and I can’t stand him, but I’m not going to stop watching hockey because of it. That would be like not shopping at a store with low prices just because I don’t like the manager.

      Side Note: I should say that I’ve hated Bettman for a very long time, and it has nothing to do with this lockout. The owners, not Bettman, voted for it… and hes just doing what they want him to. Fans are just shooting the messenger when it comes to the lockout.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Dec 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM

        You may not stop watching because of the person running the NHL, but there are apparently plenty of fans who are going to stop watching this league because of another lockout, which could potentially wipeout a second season in less than 10 years. And because Bettman is at the heart of these lockouts some would say he’s the catalyst for what could be a mass exodus, atleast for casual fans. Bettman is absolutely a representative of the owners, but it’s probable he has a lot of sway in these meetings. If he was looking out for the interests of all teams he’d consider more viable solutions to fixing the sunbelt teams constant financial struggles, like relocation (Winnipeg is proof how successful this can be), contraction, true revenue sharing, or some sort of soft salary cap.

  8. sportsfan69 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:10 PM

    Bunker Hill?

    • ion4014 - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:26 PM

      Boot Hill

      • blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Little Round Top !

  9. thesneakysalamander - Dec 11, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    How did you come to the conclusion that the picture for this article should be Zetterberg douching it up?

  10. mungman69 - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    And what’s next? Don’t throw the whole season away.

  11. tfaltin - Dec 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    I hope this is good news because the NHL had said it wouldn’t involve mediators without any chance for progress.

  12. blomfeld - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:14 PM


    With all due to Red Wings fans and the organization, you do have to wonder about Zetterberg these days eh ? Personally I always liked the guy and I thought he was a terrific player. But ever since this particular picture of him started making the rounds, I’ve really had some second thoughts ? I mean seriously, the guy looks like some demented “wing nut” who’s about to go postal or something !

    Anyway, I’m in agreement with many of you in that I believe something “will” transpire tomorrow ! Of course if it does, that will only be because “Gary” says it does ! Absolutely “nobody” else has anything to do with this, period ! These clowns like Fehr, Zetterberg and the federal mediators are nothing more than “stage props” … or set decoration if you will. Anyway, I’ve got a good feeling about this friends ! And with any luck, perhaps “tomorrow” will finally be the day that we get the Christmas present we all want the most … NHL hockey ! :)




  13. steelers88 - Dec 11, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    Funny the guys shirt in the picture says peace! HA HA!

  14. whatthepuck2012 - Dec 11, 2012 at 10:58 PM

    My son has asked for a crack at ending the lockout. He’s 13, autistic, a genius, and has a keen sense of the absurd. I say we send him.

    • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:23 AM

      Friend … I trust that you’ve introduced your son to the “glorious” Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings ? I myself was only 13 when that “cool & tough” team from southern California first caught my eye ! :)

      • whatthepuck2012 - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:42 AM

        Yes he is aware of the LA Kings, and as we are east coasters and Pens fans, the only consideration you get from him is that he worries daily about you having earthquakes. :)

      • whatthepuck2012 - Dec 12, 2012 at 6:43 AM

        Oh and he loves the Beach Boys, by the way!

  15. lionstigersandwingsohmy - Dec 12, 2012 at 9:39 AM

    Let me first say that I am a wings fan, live in Michigan, hate when outsiders trash Detroit and think that Z is one of the greats in this game. Having said that, when I saw this picture with the Detroit tigers hat and peace T-shirt, all I could think of was Full Metal Jacket. The lead character had a peace pin on his uniform and born to kill on his helmet. When questioned by a General about it, made a comment about the duality of man.

    • blomfeld - Dec 12, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      Friend – Of course I’m just joking about your man Z, as this was served up like a “home run” fast ball ! :) Great reference to Full Metal Jacket though, which was laced throughout with thought-provoking ironies (ie: like them singing the Mickey Mouse song at the end amid a sea of devastation). The most riveting scene for me had to be when the young, lone, female, sniper renders the entire combat patrol completely “impotent” with fear and indecision.

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