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Last night on twitter, Aaron Ward said that the federal mediator that has been part of talks all week was brought in at the request of the NHL.

Kevin Allen wrote that if nothing else, the mediation process has allowed some of the anger and "heat" between the two sides to subside a bit.

Pierre LeBrun writes at ESPN.com that both sides told the mediator that there is a little "wiggle room" on the key issues.

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At CBC, Elliotte Friedman writes that the NHL and NHLPA were wasting their time with mediation if all the mediators were going to do was ask if the players would accept a proposal that they have already said they didn't like.

Friedman writes "Non-binding mediation is the worst. A waste of time. A useless process. No mediator is going to get them to budge. It's all about the calendar, and it's got too many days remaining."

He says that the process needs a shot of "adrenaline" to help close the gap.

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The NHL and NHLPA will meet tomorrow at an undisclosed location in New York City and for the second time in the process federal mediators will be involved.

Nick Cotsonika tweets

  • "What mediation should do, at minimum, is keep things quiet, private and on task. It should eliminate theatrics and lessen miscommunication."
  • "NHL would not agree to mediation if it didn't have some use for it. Must have some reason to return to talks, some value in this route."
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Friedman wrote today "Barring a breakthrough in mediation, it's expected the NHLPA will begin moving in that direction very shortly. It can take effect immediately. It's what the NBA did days before reaching a settlement last November."

On the NBA disclaiming interest last year, Larry Coon wrote at ESPN.com that the NBAPA removed itself as the bargaining unit for the players and converted itself into a trade association.

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According to Pierre LeBrun, mediation between the NHL and NHLPA is over and no progress was made.

Renaud Lavoie adds that there is no reason they couldn't return to mediation at atother point.

Bob McKenzie tweets "Sounds as if there's no traction or progress coming out of the mediation session. Official statements to follow, no doubt."

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Right now the NHL and NHLPA are in the process of mediation and at ESPN.com, Craig Custance offers his help to get the mediators to find a middle ground for the two sides.

Custance says that the middle ground for Make Whole is fairly simple and should be around $290 to $300 million. The NHL is currently offering $211 million, likely to go down, while the NHLPA wants $393 million.

Custance thinks that limiting contracts to five years and having a salary variance is redundant so he thinks it would be smart to keep the variance but limit contracts to 8-10 years.

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At ESPN.com, Lester Munson writes that mediation is the logical and reasonable way to end the lockout.

In the Globe and Mail, James Mirtle writes about how mediation was used during the NBA and NFL lockouts last year but didn't produce any results.

He spoke with people who were involved in the mediation talks for those two leagues and who said that nothing could be accomplished because of how entrenched both sides were in their beliefs.

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According to a tweet from Katie Strang, Brad Richards said that he isn't very optimistic about mediation and he said that right now he is "scared for the game.

Pat Leonard tweets Richards saying that he doesn't see what a mediator will do if the NHL sticks to its word of their previous offer being their last offer.

The full quote, via Leonard, is?"Players are very together, all asking real questions, all want to know where it's going. We're scared for the game."

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At CBC, Dan Oldfield writes that a key to remember with mediation is that it is non-binding and used to help both sides find common ground on which to build a deal.

He says that the mediators will "attempt to uncover the real needs of the parties ? as opposed to the wants ? and bring them closer to satisfying those needs."

Oldfield says that the mediators may never bring the two sides into the same room and that after meeting with both sides to understand what their issues are they will start exploring the different ways that the gap can be bridged.

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5:43PM: Guy Serota has been removed from the mediation panel. Serota had a questionable twitter feed that was drawing many questions.

Don Fehr released a statement saying, The NHLPA has agreed to the addition of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to our ongoing negotiations. We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners.

3:53PM: Renaud Lavoie tweets that mediation is expected to begin on Wednesday when the two sides meet.

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At ESPN, Katie Strang spoke with Judge Arthur Boylan who said that he really wants a shot at solving the CBA issues separating the NHL and NHLPA.

Boylan is a season ticket holder for the Minnesota Wild and told Strang that he would volunteer to mediate talks for free just to get the deal done.

He said that the two sides need to understand that for better or worse the fate of the league is up to them, "They know the future of the game is in their hands. They'd really be blowing this thing if it doesn?t get resolved, it being the second lockout in recent memory. That would be a real disaster for everybody."

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At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that the NHL is not ready to bring a mediator in to help get things moving in regards to a getting a new CBA done.

Bill Daly told LeBrun, "So far, I think we all have been in agreement that we didn't think that the introduction of a mediator into the process was timely or that it would necessarily further the process. That may change at some point, but it hasn't yet."

George Cohen, who declined LeBrun's interview request, was the mediator who worked with the NBA and NBAPA last year.

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