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10-16-2012, 04:38 PM
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I'm sure a lot of you have seen this, but it looks like we're likely to have a season afterall:

After watching 34 days pass without a new offer being tabled in collective bargaining talks, the NHL delivered a proposal to the union on Tuesday morning that should at least kickstart serious discussions.

It called for a 50-50 split of revenues between owners and players and addressed the union's concern that a reduction from the current level of 57 per cent would result in higher escrow payments, according to commissioner Gary Bettman. The deal was made with an eye on starting a full 82-game regular season on Nov. 2.
"I would like to believe that it will be an excellent starting point and we can go forward and see if there is a deal to be made," said Fehr.

It wasn't clear how willing the league would be to negotiate off the latest offer. The NHL had previously proposed seeing the players' share in revenue fall to 47 per cent and tabled a number of more restrictive rules governing contracts.

According to a source, the only one that remained in Tuesday's proposal was a maximum contract length of five years. The new league offer also called for unrestricted free agency to come into effect at age 28 or after eight years of service - one year later than the last CBA - and kept entry-level deals at three years.

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