No progress in mediation sessions between NHL, NHLPA

The NHL and NHLPA wrapped up two days of sessions with federal mediators Thursday having made no progress toward reaching a new collective bargaining agreement

“Today, we concluded two days of mediation with FMCS mediators and representatives of the NHL Players’ Association,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. “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.”

NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr released the following statement about the conclusion of talks with the Federal Mediation and Conciliations Services. 

“Today, players and NHLPA staff, along with representatives of the league, concluded a second day of mediation under the auspices of the FMCS,” Fehr said. “This afternoon, the mediators informed the parties that they did not think it was productive to continue the discussions further today.  The mediators indicated that they would stay in contact with the league and the NHLPA, and would call the parties back together when they thought the time was right.”

There are no additional mediation sessions scheduled, but the next time the NHL and NHLPA meet it could be without staff members from either side. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman suggested to Fehr that the next gathering include only players and owners. The NHLPA hasn’t responded to the proposal yet. 

“We want to find a way to get to a deal,” Daly told TSN about the proposal. “Nothing else has worked. The commissioner felt that we might as well propose something different. We will see how they respond.”

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