While the NHL & NHLPA heads are so stressed right now they could benefit from meditation, they have at least agreed to mediation.
“While we have no particular level of expectation going into this process, we welcome a new approach in trying to reach a resolution of the ongoing labor dispute at the earliest possible date.
“We have no further comment on the upcoming meetings at the current time.” -Bill Daly via NHL.com
Wow. Way to think positive there, Bill.
Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh and Director of Mediation Services John Sweeney get the oh, so fun job of mediating between the league and the union, according to Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services Director George H. Cohen. Good luck Scot and John… may the force be with you.
There is something that sounds hopeful. Federal Mediation and Conciliation Services was used in the mediation of both the National Football Association labor dispute last year and the National Basketball Association. My question is why weren’t these guys called in earlier? The Kings have been waiting so long to raise that Stanley Cup banner. Tampa Bay has been robbed of their twentieth season. There is no Winter Classic or All Star Weekend. At this point, if it weren’t for the workers and businesses needing the money, I’d say go ahead and wait until next season to start up again. Get it right, make sure all of your T’s are crossed and I’s are dotted. Make sure that this doesn’t happen again when this CBA runs out. In the mean time, we will keep benefiting from Tae Kwon Do four nights a week instead of watching hockey.