Ed Snider poses with his plaque during a media availability before the 2011 US Hockey Hall of Fame Induction at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel on December 12, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.
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Flyers owner Snider reportedly hopes mediator will join CBA talks


There’s been talk of bringing in a mediator to help speed up the CBA negotiating process before, but the possibility looks more likely than ever now.

With the talks stagnant, Flyers owner Ed Snider has proposed the use of a high-profile mediator, based on a recent Philadelphia Daily News report.

Former President Bill Clinton has apparently been mentioned as a potential candidate, but he’s hardly the only one.

If the NHL and union ask him, Arthur Boylan is willing to help end this lockout for free. They might want to take him up on that offer considering Boylan had a hand in resolving the NFL lockout last year.

NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr is open to bringing in a mediator and NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly recently said that the NHL would be willing to consider it.

If Snider and other NHL owners are now pushing for a mediator, it might not be long before one joins the talks.


Report: Flyers owner Snider pushing to solve labor strife

Gustavsson secures one-year contract with Bruins

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There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.

The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.

In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.

Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.

Flames release Ryan Wilson from PTO

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The Calgary Flames have released Ryan Wilson from his professional tryout.

The 28-year-old was trying to make a comeback after missing 79 games with a shoulder injury last season.

Even with T.J. Brodie sidelined because of a broken hand, Wilson still faced long odds to make the final roster.

The veteran will be hard-pressed to find NHL work with another team.

He hasn’t suited up in more than 12 regular season games since 2011-12.

The Stockton Heat, Calgary’s AHL affiliate, also made some news on Sunday.

The club announced that they’ve signed Colton Orr to an AHL contract.

The 33-year-old tough guy suited up in just one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 12 seasons of NHL experience under his belt.