Mediators Out of Ideas - But Not Bettman

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Well, let’s be real, few of us thought mediation was going to work anyway.

The real question now is where the NHL and NHL Players’ Association go from here after mediation sessions in Woodbridge, N.J., were unable to unglue entrenched positions.

Well, Gary Bettman's offering to bench himself is some kind of curveball, eh?

The news wasn’t 90 minutes old that mediation had failed to bring any progress in NHL labor talks when word surfaced that the NHL commissioner offered Thursday to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr to have owners and players only in the next bargaining session (whenever that is) -- no league or union brass or staff.

I’ll say this for the commissioner, this one caught everyone off guard.

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