While Bill Daly suggested earlier today that he expects the league and the players to resume negotiations at some point this week, there are currently no formal talks scheduled.
As reported first by Pierre LeBrun, both the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to allow a Federal mediator to oversee CBA negotiations. Where things go from here is still obviously unpredictable but it can’t hurt to have a mediator involved at this stage in the process.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the group involved in the mediation process includes Scott Beckenbaugh, John Sweeney, and Guy Serota all from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
The two sides obviously aren't speaking the same language right now which is why mediation makes sense. The mediation is not binding but should help provide a fresh perspective on some of the key issues separating the two sides.
It's November 26th and I'm blogging about Federal Mediators. Ridiculous.
The official announcement on mediation can be seen here.
- As the NHL tries to salvage the season, Ottawa Senator forward Milan Michalek is keeping himself busy over in the Czech Republic. Michalek, proudly wearing the #69 on his back, was involved in a heated exchange that included a goalie shove and a brief line brawl. You can check out the video over on Puck Daddy.