The NHL delivered a new proposal to the NHL Players' Association Thursday, in hopes of putting an end to the leagues current lockout. This is likely the most crucial point since the lockout began 104 days ago, and possibly the last chance for both sides to get a deal done.
"We delivered to the union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA. 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."
Dan Rosen of NHL.com is reporting that the two sides will hold a conference call Saturday to discuss the proposed deal, and that they also plan to meet in person on Sunday.
The players have been locked out since the last collective bargaining agreement expired on Sep. 16, and if a deal isn't reached out of this proposal, or one in the very near future, the league will be forced to cancel the remainder of the season. The NHL lockout has already caused the league to cancel all games through Jan. 14, accounting for just over 50 percent of the 2012-2013 regular season schedule. Commissioner Gary Bettman has said he doesn't like the idea of playing any less than a 48 game schedule, which is the number of games that were played during the 1994-1995 lockout-shortened season .
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