What have they moved on other than things in their own original offer? What is one major change that has been made in the players direction from the previous CBA? As for the reading these threads, i have been here reading. Maybe i've misunderstood what has been offered by the league.
They just came off the cap for 2013-2014 from 60 mil and up today. They also switched from 5 to 6 year max contract and are reported they would be willing to move to 7.
Many other things that I don't feel like looking up statistics and original offering point from the very beginning.
Even guys at ProHockeyTalk say the NHL is coming off their stances and slightly giving in.
From what I understand, contract limits are still being negotiated.
The reason the PA gave in on those issues is because they had no reasonable grounds to get what they were asking for.
I don't know why people think this needs to be an even split. The players want a "fair" deal, and the league wants a deal that ensures the health of the league. "Oh well I gave up this, it's only fair you give up this." No, sometimes you're just wrong. Sometimes, whats best isn't something that can be even and equally balanced. The players wanting a 57% share is just wrong. Saying they gave up that and should get something in return is unreasonable.
If the league demanded one year contracts only, would you treat that as a fair and reasonable position with any merit whatsoever?
There's a difference between a fair deal and a total whitewash. Obviously the players weren't going to get 'many' improvements off the last CBA but they have to at least get something to not feel like they're being held up at gunpoint, and something more significant than hotel rooms. It can even be just a higher cap for next year.
The owners may also want to play 50 instead of 48 cause the schedule'll likely be too unbalanced in a 48-game season (7 division, 2 conference is what's been floated), especially since they already decided 8 division games in 82 games was too much - 7 in 48 would be insane though perhaps a neccesity. If they played 50 games, they could have 5 division/3 conference games.
But yeah they can't afford another lull now, or the players push the DOI button.
Give me division games. They went away from the 8 games because the Canadian teams whined about not playing the other Canadian teams every year and the western teams cried about not getting to see crosby every year.