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added 3:12pm, via FMCS,

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today on the ongoing labor negotiations between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

 “I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the course of their negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our auspices. I have assigned Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Director of Mediation Services John Sweeney, and Commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.”  

 “Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with the FMCS’s long-standing practice, the Agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of the negotiations until further notice.”

thanks to a Pierre LeBrun tweet for the pointer

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Couple months late for my taste, but better late than never. Or irrelevant, if Bettman just cancels the season again because he doesn’t like what the guy says.

Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 04:18 PM ET

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One more thing.

I hope George Cohen is a capable negotiator. Considering he’s the same guy who said he’d work this project for free, it looks a little bit like the NHL and PA are shopping for discount Lasik surgery. That a doctor would do lasik cheap wouldn’t mean the doctor’s bad, but if you’re shopping for surgery with the intent of saving as much money as possible, your priorities aren’t in the right place. The hope is that the NHL and PA aren’t doing the same.

Myself, I happily paid full price for Lasik because not going blind was more importantly than doing getting lasik on the cheap.

Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 04:24 PM ET

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larry, Cohen won’t be involved with the actual mediation if you read the release.

Elliotte Friedman tweeted Cohen used to be on the NHLPA Board, which means he can’t mediate the talks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/26/12 at 04:26 PM ET

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Bill Daly was also in a bit of a hurry to remind people that mediation isn’t binding.

At best, it’s a great way to get them to compromise. At worst, it’s a necessary step for both sides to take aggressive legal actions against one another.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/26/12 at 04:43 PM ET

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via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on 11/1/12,

Via email, Cohen, the director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, politely declined my interview request. However, he did mention that he had been in contact with both parties in the NHL-NHLPA negotiations.

That certainly piqued my interest.

“No news here,” responded NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly via email Thursday. “Consistent with interviews we gave at the end of the summer. We have both separately been in touch with the FMCS at various points during this process. So far, I think we all have been in agreement that we didn’t think that the introduction of a mediator into the process was timely or that it would necessarily further the process. That may change at some point, but it hasn’t yet.”

When contacted, a union spokesman said the NHLPA has had “occasional” contact with the FMCS since July.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/26/12 at 04:51 PM ET

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larry, Cohen won’t be involved with the actual mediation if you read the release.

Elliotte Friedman tweeted Cohen used to be on the NHLPA Board, which means he can’t mediate the talks.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 11/26/12 at 03:26 PM ET

Thanks. Still, I really hope they didn’t contact his firm, instead of another, because Cohen extended an offer for another partner to do it for free.

Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 04:51 PM ET

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Hmm. This seems to be government or quasi government. There are no partners.

Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 04:54 PM ET

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When are these fools going to realize they need to move several of the consistant losing money teams in the south to a Canadian city.
Read that at least 10 owners are losing money owning a NHL team so WAH!,fold it, sell it or move it to a market where you can profit you clowns.

Is that true in 2005 after 3 days the Feds got involved in NHL mediation that bettman cancelled the whole season? bettman really should of been cast as benjamin linus in the show Lost, instead of that other more charming/good guy, lol.

Feds were good at embarrassing mlb steroid users at least so no wonder bettman and his law firm lackey’s don’t want anything to do with going before the Feds who would expose those they represent on the BOG who kiss their legal briefs literally.

 

 

Posted by Slumpy from Detroit on 11/26/12 at 05:26 PM ET

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Thanks. Still, I really hope they didn’t contact his firm, instead of another, because Cohen extended an offer for another partner to do it for free.

Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 03:51 PM ET

You seem extremely concerned about Mr. Cohen, no? 

This is mediation - non-binding at that, as pointed out above - and it’s a far, far cry from arbitration.  Nobody is getting roped into any unsavory deals through the actions of a mediator.  It’s about encouraging a more relaxed dialog, finding out any unstated issues behind key bargaining provisions, discerning the points at which no further concessions can truly be made, and trying to promote haggling and some concessions on various issues in exchange for some movement by the other side on different issues.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 11/26/12 at 05:39 PM ET

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Larry, I forgot to mention in my post above that the mediation entity that you’re referring to is a federal entity, not a wholly private firm, and the director (Cohen) is a presidential appointee. Not that that in itself makes it sparkling clean, but objectivity and competence should not be issues typically, and by that virtue, neither is “price saving.”

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 11/26/12 at 05:46 PM ET

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Larry, I forgot to mention in my post above that the mediation entity that you’re referring to is a federal entity, not a wholly private firm, and the director (Cohen) is a presidential appointee. Not that that in itself makes it sparkling clean, but objectivity and competence should not be issues typically, and by that virtue, neither is “price saving.”

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 11/26/12 at 04:46 PM ET

I’m not preoccupied with Cohen if that’s what you’re asking. Only reason I know his name is that exactly once, he said something that set off red flags for me.

It’s just my personal belief that any time someone offers to do something expensive for free, more often than not, you end up getting what you pay for.

Finding out that he’s a government employee is even weirder. I was unaware that a federal agency could even offer to do something like this for free.

Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 06:03 PM ET

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I was unaware that a federal agency could even offer to do something like this for free.
Posted by larry on 11/26/12 at 05:03 PM ET

It’s not free. It’s taxpayer funded. The Fed is going to print more money that it doesn’t have to finance the mediation. So, in essence, our children and grandchildren are paying.

Posted by SnLO from the sub great-white north on 11/27/12 at 10:46 AM ET

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