Hockey mediators talking, but no progress
NEW YORK - Negotiators from the NHL and the players' association made it into the same room to talk this time. They just didn't carry any meaningful progress out of it.
A second straight day with a federal mediator didn't do anything to bring the sides closer to a settlement Thursday as the lockout dragged on with dwindling hope that the hockey season will be saved.
NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr talked face to face with lead league counsel Bob Batterman, which was a positive development because the sides were kept separate on Wednesday and met only with the mediator. Fehr is expected to talk on Friday with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly, either in person or by telephone, to discuss how to proceed in their search for a new collective bargaining agreement.
"I'm not sure what the next steps will be," Daly told The Associated Press in an email.