So what does a mediator even do, compare the NHL to other leagues and go from there?
Could be one of those things where both sides end up upset.
Well I'm sure you know what a mediator does but this is Alberta Justice's definition.
The mediator’s role is to guide the parties through a very effective problem solving process to resolve the issues between them. The mediator’s role also includes:
Creating a comfortable environment for the discussion;
Helping the parties to define exactly what they are disputing;
Making sure the discussion stays on track;
Assisting the parties to identify and communicate their priorities and concerns; and
Supporting the parties in reaching an agreement.
Mediators do not take sides, make decisions or suggest solutions. The parties create and agree to their own solution. Nothing is imposed by the mediator.
Mediators are trained and experienced in dispute resolution. They are neutral facilitators who help the parties explore the problem, and find new options to resolve the dispute. The mediator does not judge who is right or wrong and does not give legal advice.
If both sides actually listen to the mediator I think it could help the process. It's a better next step than blowing things up with decertification and taking it to court at least.
To be honest I really hate the new alignment proposal. I think it's stupid that the teams in the 7 team conferences have a better shot at the playoffs than those with 8 but that's a discussion for another thread.
It's been said a lot here before but I think the NHL could easily drop the 5 year demand since it's more the backdiving nature of the problem contracts rather than the term itself that is creating the issue. If the PA agreed to something like the 5% variation year to year I think that would more than address the situation.
There won't be 7 team conferences. It's been speculated for quite sometime now that the league will expand two new teams when/if a new CBA is finalized.
Mediators could be good or they could be useless but its unlikely they'll have a negative effect
These mediators have met with both sides separately already and are scheduled to meet together on wednesday (both sides and the mediators)
From what i've read mediators were used in febreuary of 05 three days before the season was cancelled they were used again in spring of 05 i don't think this situation can be compared to the last lockout (different mediators different pa boss different labour issues )
@Real_ESPNLeBrun: Mediation can give both sides a reality check. But at the end of the day, the willingness to compromise has to come from both sides.
@TSNBobMcKenzie: Mediation is not binding. It's just an objective third party trying to help process get on track. Mediators were, IIRC, used in 2004-05.
@reporterchris: U.S. federal mediator George Cohen says he's had "separate, informal discussions" with NHL and NHLPA.
@Real_ESPNLeBrun: One thing to keep in mind is that when NHL/NHLPA had mediation session in early Feb 2005, NHLPA still had not accepted the cap. NHLPA accepted cap a bit later in same month... point being that it was hard for mediator to find any common ground at point where they met
I have a question about decertification. If the union does that, it would mean the NHL draft is illegal. Since Seth Jones is 18, could Katz go to Portland and offer them a chuck of cash to buy out Jones and sign him here?
Oh and I am in support of expanding 2 more teams. I dont' see why it would mean 4th line enforcers get more ice time. It would probably just draw more European players who prefer their home country to the AHL back into the mix.