CBA mediation between League, Union continues
Friday, 01.04.2013 / 11:07 PM
NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association each met separately with a federal mediator throughout the day and into the evening Friday, continuing a process that began Thursday.
Mediation is expected to resume at 10:30 a.m. ET Saturday, according to a League spokesperson.
For the second straight day, the League and the Union did not hold a large-group negotiating session geared toward establishing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but met with the mediator in separate sessions. The last large-group negotiating session was Wednesday, which also involved the mediator. There is no decision on when large-group negotiations will resume.
Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh of the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service shuttled between the NHLPA's hotel and the League office Friday. Mediation meetings started at 10 a.m. ET and ran until shortly before 11 p.m.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has previously said that a 2013 regular season at least 48 games in length would have to begin Jan. 19. The NHL has already cancelled games from the original 2012-13 season through Jan. 14.