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Lengthy mediation sessions end, more planned Saturday

Jan 4, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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One way or another, it’s going to be difficult to blame the work stoppage on the mediation process – or at least mediator Scot Beckenbaugh.

Beckenbaugh became something of a folk hero on Twitter Friday, braving the weather to travel back and forth between NHL and NHLPA execs for about 12 hours (according to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie). Multiple outlets report that those sessions are done for the day, but they’re likely to start them up again Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m. ET.

The New York Daily News’ Pat Leonard reports that neither side will release a statement. Many observers believe that the most promising negotiating moments come when there is media silence, so feel free to take that as a good sign.

(TSN’s Darren Dreger didn’t paint a pretty picture earlier on Friday, however.)


Again, to some, the mediator’s diligent work was the story on a detail-sparse Friday.

Beckenbaugh (pictured to the right of another noteworthy mediator, George H. Cohen) helped end the notorious NFL referees strike and – just to temper your expectations a touch – was also involved in mediation before the last NHL lockout.

Not that anyone would reasonably blame the guy after hearing tales of his hard work, mind you.

  1. cbghockeyvideos87 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:15 PM


  2. semin28 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I miss hockey so bad

  3. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Me too, semin.

  4. stakex - Jan 4, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Actually as the day went on, Dreger and the other guys over at TSN seemed to grow slightly more optomistic going by their tweets. Sure its not great that both sides didn’t want to meet in person, but we also learned that they both have room to move on key issues… which is, no matter how you look at it, good news.

    The sides can kick and scream and act like children all they want right now… but I refuse to believe that either side will be willing to lose the season over the rather small issues remaining. A deal gets done, and we have a 48 game season. If not, I’ll probably spend a day banging my head off my desk… because thats the response a lost season will deserve at this point.

    • jackdaniels1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:33 AM

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  5. bleed4philly - Jan 5, 2013 at 1:00 AM


  6. northstars17 - Jan 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    Listen folks, going by Tweets? First off… God help you. Second, that’s what these clowns get PAID to do is report. Sure some of them are fans like you and I, but they are paid to report what they believe is going on. I know everyone WANTS to stay optimistic, but its just not going to happen at this point. But as far as the reporting goes right now… Don’t look for too many to start sealing the lid on the soon-to-be cancelled season quite yet. Reporters and insiders are also fighting for their jobs during these times.

    I genuinely feel bad for all the fans that have had to go through this circus the last 3 months. but don’t worry its almost over… that’s the good news. The league never planned on starting the season after December, and the NHLPA knew this.

  7. finfan88shark - Jan 5, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    Name even one example when mediation worked in pro sport labor disputes. It is obviously a waste of time. Why else would players revote to disclaim the union?

  8. steelers88 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:05 AM

    Hey folks season is over!

  9. jackdaniels1 - Jan 5, 2013 at 8:31 AM

    What more is there to talk about?

  10. whatthepuck2012 - Jan 5, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Didn’t mediation end the NBA lockout?

  11. davepol - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Give me a break. Homeless people brave the weather. Ernest Shackleton braved the weather. These guys, riding back-and-forth between offices in chauffeured limos, do nothing of the sort.

  12. steelers88 - Jan 5, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    As long as Donald Fehr is at the head of the NHLPA there won’t be any CBA deal. Players need to wake up before it is to late.

  13. ducksk - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Good karma. USA wins JR. Gold. Mojo in the hockey world for me. Next headline I want “season to start”. I believe.

  14. steelers88 - Jan 5, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    Who will blink first in game of chicken?

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