Friday, the NHL reached out the the NHLPA with a new offer, hoping to put an end to the NHL lockout. Today, the NHLPA is expected to make a counter offer to the league.
It's fair to assume that if this counter offer results in another angry storm off by Gary Bettman, the season is in serious danger. The understood deadline is somewhere around January 11th, but according to TSN's Bob McKenzie (who was interviewed Friday on Team 1040 radio in Vancouver), a deal would likely have to be agreed upon by the end of this week, as it takes time to cross the "T"s and dot the lower case "J"s.
For every glimmer of hope, there's been a huge letdown after NHLPA counter offers. If there's going to be an NHL season, today must be a constructive day. If the NHLPA counters with something they know the NHL will hate, it's going to be a long winter.