NEW YORK (AFP) November 29, 2012, 9:25:37 PM EST
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File picture. A Pittsburgh Penguins fan expresses his disappointment during the baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Atlanta Braves on October 3, 2012. Two days of mediated talks between the players union and the owners failed to end the 75-day-old National Hockey League lockout.
"We are disappointed that the mediation process was not successful."
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File picture. Don Fehr, executive director of the National Hockey League Players Association, meets the media at Marriott Marquis Times Square on September 13, 2012. The NHL owners and the NHL Players Association met with federal mediators in an attempt to kick-start talks towards a new collective bargaining agreement, but both sides said little or no progress was made.
The players union said that while the mediators were out of the picture for the moment, they could be brought back into the talks at a later date.
"The mediators indicated that they would stay in contact with the league and the NHLPA, and would call the parties back together when they thought the time was right."
One possibility is for the players to decertify the union which would allow them to launch lawsuits against the owners.
"Decertification would be a last resort," Selanne said after skating with a group of about 15 members of the Ducks and Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ice arena Thursday.
The work stoppage, which began on September 16, has already caused the cancelation of 422 regular-season games as well as the Winter Classic and the All-Star Game.