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No progress after two days of mediation … Disclaimer of interest or decertifying could be next step

  • TSN: Bill Daly after the yesterday’s meetings:

    “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,” deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday in a statement. “We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful.”

    Don Fehr after yesterday’s meetings:

    “The mediators informed the parties that they did not think it was productive to continue the discussions further today,” said Fehr. “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.”

  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: NHLPA director of communication of Jonathan Weatherdon: ”We will be discussing all matters regarding the last two days of mediation as well as potential next steps with the Executive Board and Negotiating Committee.”
  • Aaron Ward via twitter: The NHLPA will have a conference call today with the Executive Board and Negotiating Committee.
  • Elliotte Friedman via twitter: The next stop for the NHLPA will be “Disclaimer of Interest.” Don Fehr would no longer represent the players. It is similar to decertifying, but faster. Steve Zipay via twitter: The NBA did this as well. Dissolved the union and file a class-action anti-trust litigation against the NBA.
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: The next step will be for the NHLPA to de-certify and make the lockout illegal. The NHLPA wants to put pressure on the NHL.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter: “For mediation to work, both sides have to be willing to listen, be flexible and compromise. In other words, want to make a deal. So…yeah.”
  • Renaud Lavoie via twitter: “The mediation process did not work. No surprise there. Nobody tough it could work 48 hours ago anyway.”

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Mediation again today … The Arizona Coyotes? Jets representative may have been reprimanded by Jacobs

  • John Shannon via twitter: Mediation between the NHL and NHLPA will also take place today. Can’t tell how things went yesterday, won’t know anything until today at a minimum. NHLPA simply acknowledged the meeting in a short statement, NHL said they can’t say anything. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL and NHLPA’s meeting with the mediators will start at 11:00 am.
  • David Pagnotta via twitter: If everything works out for the Coyotes and they stay in Glendale, they’ll likely end up changing their name to the “Arizona Coyotes.” Changing their name would lead to new logos, new jerseys, new merchandise and possibly state tax exemptions.
  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: Haggerty notes that a Winnipeg Jets rep (not Mark Chipman) at a NHL Board of Governors meeting said they were opposed to a long, bloddy lockout as it will hurt the franchises momentum and hurt the game itself. Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs then reprimanded the representative as one of the “new kids on block” and told him he wouldn’t be allowed to speak in the board room.
  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: The Winnipeg Jets and the NHL are denying the report that a Jets representative was reprimanded at a board of Governors meeting. Bill Daly said the report was “100% complete and total fabrication.” Mark Chipman offered a statement:

    “I was disappointed to learn today of a report which claimed an exchange took place between an Alternate Governor of the Winnipeg Jets and Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins at a recent NHL Board of Governors meeting. I was present throughout all BOG proceedings and can categorically state that no such exchange between Mr. Jacobs and either one of our Alternate Governors – Patrick Phillips or Kevin Cheveldayoff – ever took place. Any suggestion otherwise is completely false.”

  • Haggerty and Michael Felger on the Mediation (filmed before yesterday’s meetings)

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