Another disappointing update from the NHL Lockout. Federal mediators assigned to help the NHL and NHLPA negotiate a new deal to end the lockout have walked away after just two sessions.
“After spending several hours with both sides over two days, 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,” said the NHL’s Bill Daly, per Steve Zipay. “We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful.”
The two sides will continue to talk, but without the help of a mediator. The lockout has now reach its 75th day, with all games through December 14 already canceled, along with the Winter Classic and All-Star Game.
For those who remember the NHL Lockout back during 2004-2005 , commissioner Gary Bettman canceled the entire season after two mediation sessions failed. Let’s hope the same does not happen here.