Report: NHL makes new offer to players

Updated: December 28, 2012

The NHL has made a new CBA proposal to the NHL Players’ Association, an NHL player told on Friday.

The player said the NHL made a new offer to the NHLPA on Thursday, one that
moved on the term limit for player contracts, salary variance and buyouts.

According to the report, details of the new offer include:

– 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.

The NHLPA has scheduled a 3 p.m. ET conference call to discuss the offer
internally. There was no scheduled meeting between the sides set for Friday.

It was reported last Friday that the NHLPA has already voted to give the union
the power to file a disclaimer of interest. That decision would have to be
made by Jan. 2.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has made it clear that anything less than a 48-
game season would not be acceptable. Given that the league has said it is
willing to push a season into late June, a 48-game season likely would have to
begin around the third week of January, which means a deal would need to be
struck by mid-January at the very latest.

The NHL has canceled games through Jan. 14. In total, 50.8 percent of the
regular-season schedule has been scrapped.