The NHLPA is expected to make a counter-proposal to the NHL during a meeting between the two sides, reported John Shannon of Sportsnet.
The NHL made a surprise move in a bid to end the NHL lockout by putting forth a proposal to the NHLPA on Tuesday, one which many felt made significant progress in closing the gap between the two sides. The league had stated several times publicly that it was up to the NHLPA to make the next move in the negotiations, yet the NHL sidestepped that stance by not only making the first move but by making the details of the proposal public.
Many felt that the proposal by the NHL, which puts revenue sharing at 50-50 between the league and players and caps contract length at five years, was a logical and reasonable step to take, and it could potentially create the framework for a deal to be reached. The league has stated that the offer is contingent on an 82-game season, which would begin on Nov. 2.
Donald Fehr and the NHLPA, however, did not respond favorably to the offer. The players and the union have since stated that while there is some moving towards the middle, the league is still asking for too many concessions from the players. The expected counter-proposal, to come on Thursday, will go a long way to making it known just how far apart the two sides currently stand.
The league and the NHLPA are expected to meet on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET.