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Donald Fehr: NHLPA To Submit Counter Proposal By Friday

The players' union will respond to the owners' latest proposal, as the two sides ramp up negotiations in the run to the league's self-imposed September 15 deadline.

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22:  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 22: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks during Round One of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft at Consol Energy Center on June 22, 2012 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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With the Sept. 15 deadline for a possible NHL lockout looming, negotiations are beginning to heat up between the owners and the NHLPA.

On Tuesday afternoon, the NHL gave its latest proposal to the players, which moved the proposed revenue split from 53-47 to 50-50. This is a sign that the league may be willing to compromise in order to avoid the third lockout of Gary Bettman's tenure.

Now, according to a report from SB Nation's Steve Lepore, the NHLPA will respond with a counter-proposal by Friday:

Donald Fehr, the NHLPA's chief negotiator, has expressed skepticism about some of the league's financial statements -- especially how they are calculating the proposed hockey-related revenue the two sides would split.

But with the owners at least hinting that they're amenable to compromise, we should get a much better idea of the mood in the NHLPA when we see their counter-proposal in the next few days.