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NHL & NHLPA All Done With Federal Mediation With Little Progress Made

After only two days of federal mediation it appears as though the NHL and NHLPA have made little to no progress in their current collective bargaining agreement talks, even with mediators present.

Talks between the two sides stalled last week after the NHL quickly turned down the NHLPA’s latest CBA proposal and they both decided federal mediation could possibly help. They met with mediators on both Wednesday and Thursday but no one knows where or for how long.

The mediation wasn’t binding and both sides allegedly entered the mediation process in the hopes of making some headway in ending the lockout. Obviously it didn’t work out that way but hey, at least they “tried” right?

According to Yahoo’s Puck Daddy, NHL executive Bill Daly had this to say, “Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players’ Association. 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.”

Its tough to tell how far apart the two sides remain and with the board of governors set to meet next week for the NHL, I don’t see a deal being struck anytime this week, even if a growing number of players are calling for the decertification of the NHLPA.

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