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08:25 AM ET 11.30 | Did anyone believe mediation would work? The real question now is where the NHL and NHL Players' Association go from here after mediation sessions in Woodbridge, N.J., were unable to unglue entrenched positions. Well, Gary Bettman's offering to bench himself is some kind of curveball, eh? The news wasn't 90 minutes old that mediation had failed to bring any progress in NHL labor talks when word surfaced that the NHL commissioner offered Thursday to NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr to have owners and players only in the next bargaining session (whenever that is) -- no league or union brass or staff. ... An NHLPA source confirmed the union was contemplating the offer, which should not be confused with definitely accepting it.

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November 30, 2012  08:34 AM ET

How about a cage match?

Although anything "sans the Butt-plug" works for me.

November 30, 2012  08:39 AM ET

LOL at the bias inherent in the headline. Sans Bettman is also sans Fehr, but that is conveniently overlooked.

Actually, give Bettman a little credit. It was his idea, and at least he seems willing to try different approaches to unplug the logjam.

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November 30, 2012  08:45 AM ET
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You have a better chance at winning the powerball lottery than you do of reading any comments giving the Buttmunch any credit.

He's ****ed this sport for almost 20 years and because he "pulls out" for a few minutes you think he's Man of the Year?

November 30, 2012  08:49 AM ET
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LOL at the bias inherent in the headline. Sans Bettman is also sans Fehr, but that is conveniently overlooked.Actually, give Bettman a little credit. It was his idea, and at least he seems willing to try different approaches to unplug the logjam.

Even if he can be credited with this idea (which I sincerely doubt), in my mind, and in the mind of many others it's too little, too late.

November 30, 2012  08:54 AM ET
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Even if he can be credited with this idea (which I sincerely doubt), in my mind, and in the mind of many others it's too little, too late.

Pun intended?

November 30, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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Pun intended?

You know, I didn't realise that... well spotted...

November 30, 2012  09:23 AM ET

I read that as Gary thinks Fehr is the problem ,and the only way to get the Fuhrer out is to exit himself.

November 30, 2012  09:28 AM ET

I think by-passing the middle men and going direct to the truly involved might be a way to go. But they will have to take numbers to have their turn to speak. The room will be overflowing.

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November 30, 2012  09:40 AM ET
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He's ****ed this sport for almost 20 years and because he "pulls out" for a few minutes you think he's Man of the Year?

His dad should have "pulled out"

November 30, 2012  09:44 AM ET

I'm sure the owners this this is a great idea. Owner who are CEO's of industries, mostly having MBA's talking to players who many might just have a highschool diploma. Sounds like a great idea for the players. Maybe they should suggest having players sign contracts without agents.

GREAT IDEA. Gary, if you think you are the problem, since you are the one consistent, then just let Daly negotiate with Fehr.

November 30, 2012  10:03 AM ET
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Wowzers!

You really read quite a bit into that comment. I don't like the little prick any more than the rest of you guys and the only thing he's done over in the last 20 years (that I can remember) that I agree with is the change in the offsides rule. That being said the players have their "collective" heads up their **** and Donald Fehr is just as big a dewwsshebag as Buttman.

I'm, along with others I'm sure, glad to hear you say this. Sometimes you in your zeal to discredit Fehr, whom nobody else likes either, you sound like a Butt-plug apologist. They're all guilty and they all deserve to be buried in s hit.

November 30, 2012  10:04 AM ET

*your

November 30, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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talking to players who many might just have a highschool diploma.

Several not even that....

November 30, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Several not even that....

It's difficult to do your book learnin' when you're riding a bus at midnight from Prince Albert to Regina.

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November 30, 2012  10:35 AM ET
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It's difficult to do your book learnin' when you're riding a bus at midnight from Prince Albert to Regina.

Like I said yesterday, Renaissance men they are not...

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