After two days of mediation, the NHL and NHLPA have broken off talks with no progress made.
"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," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.
This doesn't mean that mediation is done for good. If the time is right, the mediators could bring the two sides back together.
"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,"NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said in a statement.
At this point, there are no more meetings with the mediators scheduled but there have been reports of a different, interesting approach.
Gary Bettman has reportedly offered a meeting between the players and the owners only. No staff from the NHL or NHLPA would be present. With no progress being made in any other meetings, this meeting could help spark discussions between the two sides.
"We want to find a way to get a deal," Daly said in an email according to Pierre LeBrun. "Nothing else has worked. The Commissioner felt that we might as well propose something different. We will see how they respond."
There is no word yet on this meeting might take place if the NHLPA accepts the offer.
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