The NHL has made a proposal to the NHLPA this morning at collective bargaining agreement meetings in Toronto.
It is a "50-50 deal on current HRR (hockey-related revenue) definitions. A provision intended to 'protect' or 'make whole' current contracts against immediate reduction due to share reduction," wrote NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly in an email to the Free Press. Daly also said the NHL made major modifications to systems proposals and it is believed the league has backed off on some of its contracting demands.
The NHL locked out its players on Sept. 15 and the league has already begun cancelling regular season games.
Commissioner Gary Bettman said this morning the NHL could still conduct an 82-game schedule if the season were able to start on Nov. 2.
NHLPA executive Don Fehr addressed media in Toronto and said it’s too early to determine what the offer represents but that the players also want a full season.
"We have to go over the proposal so no comment right now. An improvement in some respects, in others, not sure," said Fehr.
The players and Fehr will hold a conference call today at 4 p.m.
The NHL's 50-50 proposal today, according to various reports, is said to include provisions for an increase of revenue sharing among teams to $200 million, and a retention of salary arbitration.
But the league has also asked for a term-limit of five years for all future contracts, a three-year period for entry-level players and a wait until the age of 28 or eight years service before a player can become an unrestricted free agent.