Originally written on On the Duck Pond  |  Last updated 12/12/12
Why can't we all just get along?In the case of the NHL, why can't you all find some middle ground and get a new collective bargaining agreement?Seeing as the most recent (and most promising) talks broke down, the NHL found it in their hearts to cancel two more weeks of games.  Like the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld, Gary Bettman keeps telling us, "No hockey for you!"His audience is shrinking, not that he cares.And the mediators are back.  Both the NHL and NHLPA are set to meet today with the same mediators who met with them last month.  They determined that there was no way they could find middle ground, which should tell you how far apart things are.  If professional mediators cannot get two sides to compromise and agree, I am not sure anyone can.   I certainly give them extra credit points for trying a second time.  Will the results change?  Doubtful. We will continue to see bits and pieces of the NHL season hacked away, one part at a time, until there is nothing left to do but stab it in the heart.   Then the proverbial question can be asked - if an NHL season is canceled, will anyone notice or care?
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