Possibly a small glimmer of hope remains that there will be any form of hockey for this season.
A large chunk of the season has already cancelled, due to the lockout imposed by the league.
Negotiations between the NHL and the players’ union has failed to the point that the feds are stepping in.
On Monday, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service director George Cohen announced that federal mediators will now be trying to work things out between the two groups.
In a statement, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said, “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.”
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr released his own statement, saying “We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners.”
Now we just wait and see if the federal government can solve the problem.