After several months of potentially getting nowhere, the NHL and NHLPA took a big step today. They have announced that there will be a mediator at the next CBA meeting, which is scheduled for sometime this week. The meeting is said to be on Wednesday, in which the NHL is not expected to make a new offer.
The mediators will meet with both sides separately before the meetings. Here is a direct statement from FMCS (Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service) official website:
“I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the course of their negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our auspices. I have assigned Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Director of Mediation Services John Sweeney, and Commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.”
“Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with the FMCS’s long-standing practice, the Agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of the negotiations until further notice.”