As someone rooting for the maximum chaos of this reaching January and the Phoenix situation imploding, I'm kind of sad.
Fun fact from Chris Johnson on Twitter: The NHL and NHLPA met with federal mediators on February 13, 2005. Three days later the season was cancelled.
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I like Wysh's take on the mediation. Either it is going to help get things resolved or the mediator is going to look at the deal, laugh at the NHL's claim that it is giving major concessions to the players and then the entire thing explodes.
On a lockout related note, pretty proud of myself and my ongoing boycott of anything the NHL might make a dime on. Amazon had their NHL beanies on sale for $10 and I was going to buy a Sabres one before it got cold out (the Wings is bright red. Honestly, print them all in Navy or black depending on the team with the logo) and I held out saying fuck da NHL.