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Mediation fails, NHL lockout continues with no end in sight

The slim hope that Federal mediators could salvage the 2012-13 NHL season is gone.

The league and the NHL Players' Association have concluded their second day of meetings with a third party, and there won't be a third day.

"After spending several hours with both sides over two days, the presiding mediators concluded that the parties remained far apart and that no progress toward a resolution could be made through further mediation at this point in time," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement. "We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful."

The league has canceled all games through Dec. 14. The next round of cancellations is expected to come Dec. 7 if a new collective bargaining agreement isn't reached.

The union, which had its most recent offer rejected almost in full, is expected to explore decertification. The NFL and NBA labor unions were successful in using the tactic, but Daly has said it would likely end any hope for this season if the NHL players followed suit.

---John Vogl

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