In a surprising turn of events today, the NHL has confirmed that it has sent a new proposal to the NHLPA for review. Could this be the Christmas miracle (albeit a little late) that we have been waiting for?
While he was unwilling to divulge the specifics of the current offer, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly released the following statement to the media.
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. 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.”
While I refuse to get overly excited about any new offer that crosses the table, the offer comes as quite a surprise considering the most epic of breakdowns that occurred over the course of the last couple of weeks.
Twitter has been aflutter with details regarding the new agreement.
Darren Dreger at TSN posted that the ‘NHL adjusted its max contract length from 5 to 6 years,’ and ‘boosted the variance from 5% to 10%.’
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun posted that the length of the agreement ‘Remains 10 years (mutual opt-out after 8).
I am sure that as time goes on, many more details of the agreement will come to light. This will obviously take the NHLPA some time to review.
Just going over the few details that I do know of, I am sure that there are going to be some changes that the NHLPA is going to want to make to this latest offer. Whether or not these changes will be met with a willingness to negotiate is yet to be seen. As you remember, in the last statement that the NHL made regarding the negotiations, they were quite clear that they had made their final offer and that they did not feel any further concessions needed to be made.
Of course, as we all know, things change.
Could this be the first step in the process to get the season started? I guess we’ll find out as soon as the NHLPA has finished reviewing the offer.