The league and the NHL Players’ Association have taken a new turn and agreed to meet with a mediator. The NHL and union confirmed they had accepted an invitation from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service to meet with them. The first meeting is said to be held on Wednesday.
“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,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr agreed, “We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners.”
The two sides haven’t met sine last Wednesday, when the league rejected the new proposal offered by the NHLPA. The players reacted angrily via social media to the league’s rejection of their proposal and it also sparked talk of union decertification.
Though the NHL was not keen on the idea of mediation, the NHLPA has long hinted that it would be a good idea. Now, however, the NHL feels it is warranted and will go ahead with the mediations this week.