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10-16-2012, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Coolburn View Post
Also add in the fact that the league apparently dropped the changes they wanted to contracts which was a non-starter for the players (contract lengths, removal of arbitration, change to entry level system). This may be the key (along with the "protection plan" for salaries for next season) to the players to accept this as a basis of a deal.
This is undoubtedly a calculated risk by the league. If the PA says no or looks to amend it heavily, they immediately look like the bad guys in the PR battle. They didn't drop the length limit (5 years) and they are also asking for a revision of the UFA age to 28 (or 8 years) which is up 1 year from previous.

This is also obviously an exploding offer as they've couched it as the way to "save an 82 game season." Basically, the next 2-3 days are going to tell us if we're going to have a season or sit another one in full.

EDIT: Just tweeted (twit?) from Dreger: "NHLPA conf call has ended. Nothing certain, but a counter proposal is expected in next 24-48 hrs."

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