Buzz: The NHL and NHLPA Have Agreed To Involve a Mediator

5:43PM: Guy Serota has been removed from the mediation panel. Serota had a questionable twitter feed that was drawing many questions.

Don Fehr released a statement saying, The NHLPA has agreed to the addition of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS) to our ongoing negotiations. We look forward to their involvement as we continue working to reach an equitable agreement for both the players and the owners.

3:53PM: Renaud Lavoie tweets that mediation is expected to begin on Wednesday when the two sides meet.

3:11PM:It has been announced that the NHL and NHLPA have agreed to involve a federal mediator

The following was released about the decision:

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service Director George H. Cohen issued the following statement today on the ongoing labor negotiations between the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association:

“I have had separate, informal discussions with the key representatives of the National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association during the course of their negotiations for a successor collective bargaining agreement. At the invitation of the FMCS, and with the agreement of both parties, the ongoing negotiations will now be conducted under our auspices. I have assigned Deputy Director Scot L. Beckenbaugh, Director of Mediation Services John Sweeney, and Commissioner Guy Serota to serve as the mediators.”

“Due to the extreme sensitivity of these negotiations and consistent with the FMCS’s long-standing practice, the Agency will refrain from any public comment concerning the future schedule and/or the status of the negotiations until further notice.”

THIS SECTION has more on mediation and how it has worked for the NHL in the past.