NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the leagues newest CBA proposal in a statement on Friday, and firmly placed the ball back in the NHLPAs court. Daly took a not-so-subtle shot at NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and their executive committee by expressing hope that they will share it with the players after reviewing and considering the proposal.
Details of owners' offer
At least two NHL players contacted by CSNNE.com on Friday said they had not heard a thing about the leagues most recent proposal, though the NHLPA did send out a memo to their membership concerning documents they received from the league concerning core economics and non-core economics.
"In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the Union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon. We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time, said Daly in a statement. We are hopeful that once the Union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible.
The latest NHL proposal saw the league move toward the NHLPA in player contract term limits (from five to six), year-to-year variance restrictions on salaries (from 5-10 percent) and also included allowance for each time to buy out one troublesome contract that wont count against the salary cap prior to the 2013-14 season. The new CBA offer also includes the 300 million make whole proposal and the 10-year CBA length that were hallmarks of the last offer from the NHL.
The NHLPA Executive Committee and Negotiating Committee are expected to hold a conference call at 3 p.m. this afternoon. After that call there is expected to be some news about the next scheduled face-to-face meeting between the NHL and NHLPA, and some true measurement of just how closely the two sides are to ending a lockout thats left a black mark on the game of hockey.