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NHL, Union mediation expected to resume Friday morning

Jan 3, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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Thursday began with hope and ended without a whole lot of obvious progress. The good news is that the mediation process is expected resume at 10 a.m. ET on Friday, according to the Bergen Record.

Initially, the two sides are expected to remain in separate locations while communicating with federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh. That might eventually lead to full-scale negotiations, but nothing is set in stone.

A small group of players did meet with the league tonight to discuss player pensions, but there weren’t any major negotiating sessions Thursday.

Unfortunately, the two biggest stories of the day were probably the NHLPA’s decision to hold a new vote on the disclaimer of interest issue and the union’s response to the NHL’s class action complaint.

That kind of news might discourage many hockey fans, but it shouldn’t be taken as a sign that all hope is lost. Neither move rules out the possibly of a 2013 season and they don’t necessarily reflect the NHLPA’s opinion of the current talks.

We’ll have to wait and see, but one way or another, we will probably know the fate of the season in the near future.

  1. mp1131211 - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I like how PHT has gone into emotional protection mode for their readers. The last several posts have included “this shouldn’t be taken as…”

  2. Buford T Justice - Jan 3, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    They string the fans along when they know deep down this thing has been toast for a while now.

  3. badintent - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    pensions ?We talking bout pensions ? Pensions ? you mean we be talking practice ? Pensions ? you really think they’re talking bout pensions ?Pensions ?

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    • jhuck92 - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:41 AM

      pensions? …pensions?! i just hope we can have a season.

      • badintent - Jan 6, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        I was wrong, so go to your local sports bar , watch the games and please support your bartenders and waitress. Time for the working people to catch a break now.

    • badintent - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      not to worry, we will, HAVE A SEASON…….. IN FALL 2013

  4. habssuck - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Uggh, Im so sick of all this legal mumbo jumbo when we should be months into the season.
    How about this, a deathmatch, put Bettman and Fehr in a steel cage, first one to die is the loser and get the season going on the following day. Put it on pay per view and put the earning towards reduced ticket prices for the fans that have not given up on this disfunctional leage.

  5. stakex - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    “shouldn’t be taken as a sign that all hope is lost”

    Neither move should be taken as a sign that ANY hope is lost (and more then has already been lost anyway). The NHLPA was always going to have a new vote on the DoI if the deadline passed since its their only leverage, and the court battle is going to continue for the same reason.

    The fact remains that, despite a rocky day, the talks are not stalled. That tells you all you need to know… both sides are clearly in “get a deal done” mode. They might go right up to the absolute last minute with this back and forth…. but I would be shocked not to see a deal before its too late.

    • valoisvipers - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Totally agree with you stakex they are trying to get this done finally and like you say they will drag it out to the bitter end. Puck drops on Jan 19.

  6. bcjim - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:16 PM


  7. cspsrbums - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Don’t worry Id4 Joey’s source says its a din deal

  8. starsfan11 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:23 PM

    Where has little Joey been. I think he is that troll @hockeyyinsiderr

    • jtrain1966 - Jan 3, 2013 at 11:50 PM

      HELL, The same could be said for blomfeld !

  9. fortwaynekomets - Jan 4, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    is a deal made yet??? otherwise, all I hear is noise… or should I say text.

    DROP THE PUCK Bettman you little schmuck!

    If the 2013 season is really cancelled… I’m done with the NHL. Real talk.


  10. rawgator06 - Jan 4, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    mp1131211 – Jan 3, 2013 at 9:51 PM
    I like how PHT has gone into emotional protection mode for their readers. The last several posts have included “this shouldn’t be taken as…”

    Well, most of Canada is on suicide watch right now, so they have to tread lightly

  11. omniusprime - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    If the two sides can’t even meet in the same room and have to rely on some federal mediator then the season is lost for sure. After some major offers and counteroffers if there isn’t a deal ready to be done then it never will before calling it a season, which of course is the best thing that could happen to witless NHL fans who will have more time and money for more important things in life.

    Maybe they should bring in Joe Biden, I’m sure he’d find a way to make a deal. Don’t fret NHL fans in about a week it will be all too clear for even you to realize that the NHL is corrupt and decrepit.

    Na na na na, Na na na na, Hey-ey Goodbye!!!

  12. comeonnowguys - Jan 4, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Given the two posterior-encased craniums leading either side of the dispute, I expected the season to be lost before talks even began. I’ve never had an ounce of optimism that they’d play this year.

    Until this past week.

    It’s not tangible, and it goes against better judgement, but it feels like there’s actual momentum here, and it feels like they actually want to drop the puck Jan. 19.

    Come on, guys. Get it done.

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