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PHT Morning Skate: Where mediation is taking a beating

Dec 13, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

Gary Bettman, Bill Daly AP

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Yesterday’s meetings with federal mediators didn’t exactly sit too well with CBC’s Elliotte Friedman. “Non-binding mediation is the worst. A waste of time. A useless process. No mediator is going to get them to budge.” (CBC)

Mark Spector of Sportsnet wasn’t much of a fan of it either. “Let’s face it: Bettman does not require a mediator to show him where middle ground lies. Bettman knows where it is. He just does not want to go there.” (Sportsnet)

On the other hand, Damien Cox of The Toronto Star is a bit more upbeat that we’ll see hockey come January. (Toronto Star)

In actual on-ice news, Detroit’s Damien Brunner is the top player in Europe. (ESPN)

Montreal’s Carey Price is auctioning off 31 goalie masks for charity. Take that, Henrik Lundqvist! (Montreal Gazette)

Michael Del Zotto‘s back is apparently OK. (Craig Custance via Twitter)

Oh look, Ottawa fans are eschewing buying Sens gear in favor of football stuff. (Senators Extra)

Boston’s Chris Kelly is back from Switzerland. We’ll assume he didn’t have his mother in tow with him. (

The Jets aren’t confirm whether or not youngster Mark Scheifele will stay at World Juniors full-time even though all signs say he will. Oh, mystery!  (Winnipeg Sun)

Is Malcolm Subban in trouble to be Team Canada’s top WJC goalie? (Calgary Sun)

The LNAH “goon league” in Quebec is going straight? Did Doug Glatt or Ross Rhea show up? (Montreal Gazette)

Today marks Day 89 of the NHL lockout. Somewhere, Sam Gagner is wondering when he’ll be able to go for eight points in a game again.

  1. antkowiak666 - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    CANCEL THE F@$#ING SEASON ALREADY!!!that way i wouldn’t have to care anymore.

  2. ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    The whole notion of “give and take” sounds nice and is altruistic, but in this case it’s a farce.

    It’s the owners game…they pay the salaries……and the player’s take the money, play in front of bigger crowds, stay in nicer hotels, and get better medical attention than any league in the world.

    This notion of “we’re all behind Fehr 100%” has costed them 6 paychecks. If it wipes out a season and they gain nothing more…….well that’s just stupid.

    • rogersjd16 - Dec 13, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      By your logic players’ associations in all leagues are worthless. And you only need to look at 13-14 months ago to see where “give and take” worked just find in labor negotiations with two different federations.

      The problem is, the owners are not willing to give anything. NOTHING. Any “concession” they’ve made recently has been off one of their proposals, not the previous CBA. These guys wanted to eradicate arbitration in their first proposal. And how nice of them to offer less than half of the money they signed in contracts to the players.

      I’m not saying the players don’t need to take it in the chin a bit, but as much as you’re saying the owners own them, the players (at least a majority) seem just fine playing over in Europe. These aren’t NBA players who need those luxuries you speak of.

      • ucaneverscorenoughgoals - Dec 13, 2012 at 11:49 PM

        I’m perfectly aware the owners don’t want to give anything. And, I don’t think their going to. That doesn’t mean I agree with their stance.

        I believe that the players aren’t going to gain anything from prolonging this and there is nothing that has happened in the last 6 months to convince me the players are going to accomplish anything more. The owners are entrenched and I don’t see that changing.

        I want this to be over so we can all enjoy hockey again. But, I’m convinced the owners are going to cancel the season and do whatever they need to in order for Fehr to be gone. He has emboldened the owners as much as Bettman has emboldened the players. because of it the players are missing paychecks and there are good honest everyday people out of work.

        To your second point of “the players (at least a majority) seem just fine playing over in Europe”….mnay of them are ready to come back and are not overly impressed with the crowds or general following…I think the players are tolerating more than “just fine”

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Dec 13, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Can we get increased coverage for the WJHC here? It’s kiiiind of a big deal and the American sports media doesn’t usually seem to understand that.

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