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Mediator turns final 2 days into NHL labor deal

Updated: January 6, 2013, 5:34 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The player who joins the storied list of NHL MVPs in the upcoming shortened season owes at least a share of it to federal mediator Scot Beckenbaugh, who won't lace up a skate but may be the biggest reason the league is back on the ice.

Beckenbaugh orchestrated a frenetic final 48 hours of negotiations that eventually produced a tentative deal between the league and the players early Sunday morning that will end the four-month lockout and save the season.

"I would be remiss ...

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