A new offer from the NHL on Thur., Dec. 27 has renewed hope that the league will indeed have a 2012-13 season. The proposal, which comes after a near two weeks of virtual silence in the negotiations, was some 288 pages in length.
“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,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told media. “We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. 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.”
NHL offer: Contract length upped to 6 years
Some reports say the owners told Gary Bettman that they did not want to lose the entire season and that prompted this latest offer. The offer includes the league moving up to 6 years from 5 for maximum length of a contract - 7 for a team resigning a player - and allowing for a 10 percent increase in salary from year to year; the NHLs previous offer was a 5 percent variance. Other items include the players getting the December 24, Christmas Day and the 26th off each year. The length of the CBA would be 10 years with each side having an opt out option after 8.
To try and move forward from this latest CBA offer, the two sides intend to talk via the phone on Saturday and are likely to meet face to face Sunday . To date all games have been cancelled through Jan. 14 but should a deal be reached the league has talked of a 48 game season, beginning sometime in mid-January.
The players were to spend Saturday examining the offer and questioning the league via the phone and email concerning details. Saturday was expected to be an informational day only, with no negotiating until all the nuances of the offer were understood.