The NHL and the players’ association began mediation on Wednesday, but there wasn’t much to report.
The Canadian Press reports that the sides met separately with mediators Scot L. Beckenbaugh and John Sweeney at an undisclosed location. The non-binding sessions are intended to try and help the sides find some common ground, and will continue Thursday.
The NHLPA released the following statement from executive director Don Fehr following the meeting:
“A small group of NHLPA staff and players met today with two experienced FMCS mediators. We expect that these discussions will resume on Thursday.”
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SI.com’s Stu Hackel wrote a good column on fan anger rising during the lockout “with the NHL on road to brand suicide.” You can read the column by clicking here.
And Pierre LeBrun reports on ESPN.com that Sidney Crosby is getting closer to playing in Europe. You can read that column by clicking here.
(Photo by Chris Young/The Canadian Press)