The NHL will be removing their most recent collective bargaining proposal from the table after the Thursday deadline for acceptance from the NHL Players Association passes, according to NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.
The league offered the union the proposal last Tuesday, which included a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue without the inclusion of salary rollbacks. According to Daly, the proposal is not being pulled as a negotiation tactic, but because the proposal was outlined with the intention of playing a condensed 82-game schedule this season, which was to begin on Nov. 2.
Now, the NHL will need to reevaluate where the negotiations are, via ESPN:
"We have to re-think where we are, and what type of season we're looking at, and we have to formulate and construct a proposal that makes sense for the reality of where we are."
It is expected that the league will be announcing the cancellation of more games on Friday, which some are speculating may span the entire month of November. According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, the All-Star Game and Winter Classic are not expected to be part of that announcement, but could potentially be cancelled as early as next week.
NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr was not surprised that the league was pulling their proposal and stated that it takes two to negotiate, via ESPN:
"They seem to be really good at imposing deadlines and issuing ultimatums and having lockouts. It seems to be something they're well-practiced at."