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Famed mediator offers to settle lockout for free

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08:20 AM ET 11.15 | Having led mediation between the NFL and NFLPA during last year's lockout, Arthur Boylan knows a thing or two about labor disputes. [But] the Minnesota-based chief federal magistrate finds the current NHL work stoppage hitting closer to home. A Chicago Blackhawks fan from youth who has since converted to a supporter of his hometown Minnesota Wild -- a season-ticket holder since the team's inception -- Boylan just received his refund for this weekend's game against the Detroit Red Wings. ... Before the lockout began, Boylan didn't know how much time he devoted to watching the sport. Now, he's wondering why he even has cable. "I'd volunteer to do it for free," Boylan said in a telephone interview with ESPNNewYork.com. "I'd love to get this thing done."

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November 15, 2012  08:52 AM ET

Admirable sentiments, but this like everything else will fall on deaf ears.

I'd like to help the negotiations out as well, by making Fehr an Bettman duke it out Thunderdome style.

"2 Men enter, 1 Man leaves!" and the winner gets the spoils as it were. Anything but this perpetual crap of no hockey...

November 15, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"2 Men enter, 1 Man leaves!" and the winner gets the spoils as it were. Anything but this perpetual crap of no hockey...

That may be the best idea I have heard yet. Not sure who would win that fight. One would think Fehr 'cause he's bigger and stronger probably. On the other hand the Dwarf is mean and fights dirty. I'd buy a ticket.

November 15, 2012  09:31 AM ET

Can we really trust a guy who changed his team allegiance from the Black Hawks to the Wild? I perceive some serious decision making difficulties there ;)

November 15, 2012  09:36 AM ET
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Can we really trust a guy who changed his team allegiance from the Black Hawks to the Wild? I perceive some serious decision making difficulties there ;)

LOL - Great point Phantom. However, I think it's a good idea. The talks are lukewarm at best. It would be nice to see something Boylan.

November 15, 2012  09:45 AM ET
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LOL - Great point Phantom. However, I think it's a good idea. The talks are lukewarm at best. It would be nice to see something Boylan.

You mean besides tempers?

November 15, 2012  09:57 AM ET
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Can we really trust a guy who changed his team allegiance from the Black Hawks to the Wild? I perceive some serious decision making difficulties there ;)

Good point ! Seems quite masochistic doesn't it ?

November 15, 2012  10:09 AM ET

I'll bet he'd do it for free. Yeah.

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November 15, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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I wonder why the two sides haven't agree to this?

Because it makes sense.

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November 15, 2012  11:09 AM ET
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HEY HEY!!! GET ER DONE!!!!!!!!!How can the NHL and NHLPA ignore this guy ??

Because he's a fan, it's what they do. If he hadn't mentioned that he's a season ticket holder then maybe they would have actually paid attention to him.

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November 15, 2012  11:44 AM ET

Bettman will never allow a mediator into the negotiations. He will never give up the power needed to make a deal. Keep in mind this is work stoppage #3 under Gary Bettman and let's not forget and Donald Fehr is no angel himself. He is personally is responsible for the strike in 1994 that cost the Montreal Expos a chance to win the World Series that year and put an end to the chance they could save the Expos. You can argue that he is not in control and his players are giving the orders but you have two guys in charge that will wait until hell freezes over before they accept anything!

November 15, 2012  12:00 PM ET

Good points by a newcomer.

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November 15, 2012  12:16 PM ET

I vote we send Bettman out hunting with Stan Jonathan

November 15, 2012  12:16 PM ET
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Does anyone care anymore at this point?

about the Twinkies mmmm no one

November 15, 2012  12:20 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Admirable sentiments, but this like everything else will fall on deaf ears.I'd like to help the negotiations out as well, by making Fehr an Bettman duke it out Thunderdome style."2 Men enter, 1 Man leaves!" and the winner gets the spoils as it were. Anything but this perpetual crap of no hockey...

There you have it a cage match

 
November 15, 2012  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Admirable sentiments, but this like everything else will fall on deaf ears.I'd like to help the negotiations out as well, by making Fehr an Bettman duke it out Thunderdome style."2 Men enter, 1 Man leaves!" and the winner gets the spoils as it were. Anything but this perpetual crap of no hockey...

"Last man Standing". Hey kind of sounds like a movie:)

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