There have been a few up and down moments during this NHL lockout.

For one, the players’ acceptance of a move to a 50-50 revenue split with honored contracts caused a bit of a buzz – only to be met with an out-of-hand dismissal from the nonsensical owners. Another came when the owners first proposed a make-whole provision that provided some optimism, only to be shot down with pessimism by the NHLPA hours later.

So forgive me for not getting too excited about the entrance of federal mediators into this pointless drill.