We have a bit of progress today. Both sides have agreed to be federally mediated. The NHL has finally agreed to this process. A few weeks back Donald Fehr was quoted as saying he’d be fine to bring in a mediator, but the NHL wouldn’t go for it.
Well now the NHL has gone the route of mediation. This of course is non binding mediation so any conclusion George Cohen and the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service come to will not be the final decision. Basically they are just there to oversee the process and make sure both sides don’t reduce one another to tears. It sounds better than it actually is.
I wouldn’t get too excited over this mediation process. For sports leagues this is really standard operating procedure. Don’t get me started on why this didn’t happen a month or two months ago but hey it’s happening in mind.
And here’s the real killer on why this might not mean anything. The NHL and NHLPA were mediated back in the lost season of 04-05 not once but twice. Until I see progress I won’t believe it.
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