September 13, 2012; New York, NY, USA; NHL commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during a press conference at the Crowne Plaza Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL & NHLPA Met Again With Mediators On Thursday; Little To No Progress Made

The NHL and NHLPA met again on Thursday with the help of mediators once again, but as usual the talks made little to no progress towards helping to construct a new collective bargaining agreement between the two sides and ending the current NHL lockout.

The two sides had met on Wednesday with the help of a mediator and no progress was made then either. So another round of talks was scheduled for Thursday yet they yielding the same results and some in the media were reporting the only actual progress made the last two days was the fact that on Thursday the two sides were actually in the same room during the talks. Wow, talk about progress (100% sarcasm).

According to the NHL and NHLPA plan on having a conference call Friday and both sides confirmed that to ESPN. It wasn’t immediately made clear whether or not the two sides will meet again face to face on Friday or at all over the weekend.

Also according to ESPN, even though the mediation sessions have failed to produce any results the process has not been ruled out for any future meetings just yet. Maybe the NHL and NHLPA enjoy making some random guy waste his own time in a futile attempt to help these two sides find some common ground. We already know they enjoy wasting our time.

So, there you have it, the very latest on the lockout and the current CBA negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA. Little to no progress has been made in recent days and I basically just could’ve left this page blank and you would’ve gotten the message all the same.


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