As soon as Gary Bettman stepped to microphone you knew it was bad news. Almost always he keeps his cool in public. This time he was seething.
Well played by Bettman. I can't believe Fehr fell for this. Most of the public viewed the NHL's previous offer as, if nothing else, reasonable. Preliminary reports are saying that Fehr ignored it and just tweaked his original offer.
Result is that public opinion is now overwhelmingly anti-Union. I guess Fehr anticipated this (hence the multiple offers), but it didn't work.
And if Bettman's (controlled) anger indicated by the above tweet means anything, I would guess that the tweak's were not nearly enough. Seems to be in the opposite direction.
The PA is not going to release their documents. If they were as close as the PA claims, then they would certainly cause the PR mood to shift. At least from the current "**** the players" hatefest that is the BoH board.
Right now, all we know is that 1 of the proposals (or perhaps all of them?) actually increased HRR for the players in the first year from 57%. This is a quote from Bettman.
Without releasing the documents, the PA is giving Bettman free reign to describe the deals to the public. Which is a horrible, horrible move (and explains why he was "seething").