Updated: December 6, 2012 12:12 PM | By The Canadian Press, thecanadianpress.com

NHLPA wants mediators to return to talks

NHLPA wants mediators to return to talks

New York Rangers owner James Dolan, center, and general manager Glen Sather, left, leave a midtown Manhattan building after an NHL Board of Governors meeting, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012 in New York. The NHL and NHL Players' Association have cleared their schedules with progress being made in collective bargaining talks. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The NHL Players' Association has requested reintroducing U.S. federal mediators to collective bargaining talks with the NHL.

The sides spent two unsuccessful days with mediators last week.

The league has yet to respond to the request but it is still expected to meet with the NHLPA later Thursday.

It appears the dynamic will change, with commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr expected to rejoin negotiations.

They excused themselves from talks on Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to spur progress.

The sides have moved closer with their proposals in recent days, but hurdles remain in negotiations.

The lockout has resulted in the cancellation of 422 regular-season games through Dec. 14.

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