The NHLPA says that they've made significant movement towards the league's position in an economic proposal they tabled Wednesday morning in New York.
"We've moved far past halfway," union leader Don Fehr told the media. "This is about as good as we can do."
Fehr says that over the term of the five-year deal proposed by the PA, they're only $182 million apart from the league's stance. Over five years, that's roughly $36.4 million per year, or about $1.21 million per team, per year over the next five. The proposal was based off of a percentage of hockey-related revenue and not a fixed dollar amount as had been previously proposed by the NHLPA.
It seems close. Too close to blow up a season over.
But we know not to get too optimistic. The NHL will respond to the NHLPA's proposal when the sides reconvene at league offices in Midtown Manhattan around 1 p.m. ET, and from there we'll have much more clarity on where things stands. It's quite possible that the league and the union are working off of different numbers -- they have been for much of the process thus far -- and Gary Bettman, Bill Daly & Co. might not agree with the NHLPA's figures.
Steve Lepore contributed to this report.