According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the NHL has presented a new CBA offer to the NHLPA in hopes of ending the NHL Lockout. In the new offer, the NHL has moved on several key issues. ESPN's Pierre Lebrun does a nice job of breaking down the details of the new deal. Here's a look at his breakdown.
• Term limit on player contracts moves to six years from the five years NHL asked in previous offers (seven years if you're re-signing your own player).
• Year-to-year salary variance moves from 5 percent (NHL's previous offers) to 10 percent.
• Each team will be allowed one compliance buyout before the 2013-14 season that will not count against the salary cap but will count against the players' share.
• The Make Whole provision stays at $300 million.
While no formal meeting between the two sides in planned at the moment, the NHLPA will have to respond to this new offer. Whether it's enough to save the season remains to be seen, but the NHL has certainly budged on several key issues.
The NHLPA has already voted to give their executive board the right to dissolve the union. That decision would have to be made by January 2nd. However, the players would rather negotiate a new deal than have to resort to a dissolution.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has said that a 48 game schedule would be the minimum to put together a reasonable NHL season. With that in mind, keep an eye on mid-January as the "drop dead" date. If a deal isn't struck by then...the season won't be played.