The NHL and NHLPA will each get their chance to meet with federal mediators today in an attempt to get a new CBA and salvage an already damaged season.
"We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners," executive director of the NHL Players' Association, Donald Fehr told CBSNEWS.
The two sides have been at a stalemate for weeks, leading to the cancelation of two months of the regular season, totaling to almost 35 percent. Both sides hope that the mediation can help bring a deal quickly, as the mediators involved played a part in the Major League Baseball strike in 1994-95, and the most recent NFL and NBA lockouts. None of these resulted in a full canceled season.
However, the NHL is a different breed. The game has been unable to grow in the southern part of the United States and owners have been clinging to the money they are making. The players, on the other hand, had received 57 percent of HRR before the previous CBA expired, forcing owners to demand a 50/50 split at best.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL