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TORONTO -- What the NHLPA put on the table Thursday:

The players offered three different scenarios in an effort to get the HRR towards a split of 50-50, and simply told the NHL, according to executive director Don Fehr, to "pick one."

OPTION ONE

The players suggested a negotiated simple number of fixed dollars of salary for the first three years of a deal, which would bring share to 51 per cent if HRR grows at 7.2 per cent.

Players would agree to 50 per cent of HRR from there as long as share doesn't decrease from Year 3.

If HRR grows faster than projected, players get an extra portion of that and the whole idea was that the faster the league builds the business, the faster percentage goes to 50-50.

OPTION TWO

Same idea as No. 1, that the more quickly the game grows, the more quickly the owners get what they want, 50-50.

Here, with 5 per cent growth per year, players will be down to 50 per cent in Year 5.

That's accomplished by starting out with fixed dollars of salary not decreased from end of last CBA (about $1.8 billion) and the players will take only 24.7 per cent of any new HRR.

If growth gets HRR over about $4.2 billiion, players want a bigger share (57 to 61 per cent) of anything that comes from a growth rate of more than five per cent.

This is the most complicated of the three options but is again centred around making a deal on future growth with no present decrease in dollars.

OPTION THREE

Fehr said the NHLPA just "floated" this one without running the complete numbers, but figured this was a truer way to "make whole" contracts that exists but may be in jeopardy of being reduced if their percentage share goes down.

NHLPA proposed that all current contracts be honoured fully and if so, then the players would go straight to a 50-50 sharing of HRR.

It places an 87 per cent cash and cap value on existing deals in a new system (factors in the league's demand for a 13 per cent pay cut). The 13 per cent will not come from players but will be paid by the league so that existing contracts are "made whole."

As current deals wind down and leave the system, the share will reach 50-50.

The NHLPA says the owners would be certain to save $750 million on this option.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 19, 2012 C2

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