Dave Sheldon | Email David.Sheldon@corusent.com
The NHL has made a new offer to the NHLPA...and already it would seem that this offer may be the one that gets us to a deal on Day 104 of the lockout.
The NHL has moved off the 'Hill they would die on'. The league now offering the Players Association a 6 year maximum player contract and seven years if the player is your own...that is a change from the five year deal offered by the league earlier.
The NHL has also allowed the variance in a contract to be 10% year to year on a contract, up from their existing five percent offer...this improves the front loaded back diving options on the Roberto Luongo type contracts. the previous offer was a 5% variance from year to year.
The 300 million dollars make whole money that was pulled off the table by Gary Bettman...is now back on the table.
The NHL is also proposing the CBA be 8 years long, with the mutual option to go to 10 years.
The NHL is also allowing their teams the opportunity to buy out one existing player's contract per season and the money on the buyout would not affect the player's share of money or the salary cap.
We will see how the NHLPA responds later today.