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Federal mediators fail, NHL still deep in lockout

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The NHL and NHL Players' Association's hopes of federal mediation helping solve the lockout didn't work. As Michael Russo of the Star Tribune put it, it was a "complete and utter failure."

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly issued a statement, saying the mediators found that both sides remain far apart, "and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time."

The lack of progress prompted NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to suggest that the owners and players meet face-to-face -- and only the owners and players. The idea would remove Bettman, NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, and employees working for them.

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