FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011, file photo, federal mediator George Cohen speaks at a news conference following the end of talks in the NBA basketball labor negotiations in New York. Cohen said Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, that federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL hockey labor talks after the parties had agreed to use the agency. The sides are to meet separately with the mediators Wednesday. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)

Photo by: Louis Lanzano

FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2011, file photo, federal mediator George Cohen speaks at a news conference following the end of talks in the NBA basketball labor negotiations in New York. Cohen said Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, that federal mediators are entering the stalled NHL hockey labor talks after the parties had agreed to use the agency. The sides are to meet separately with the mediators Wednesday. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano, File)