The negotiations between the NHL and its players' association are back on.
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed reports today that the league delivered a new offer to the NHLPA on Thursday. Though Daly would not go into details regarding the proposal, numerous reports say the NHL moved on key issues.
"In light of media reports this morning, I can confirm that we delivered to the union a new, comprehensive proposal for a successor CBA late yesterday afternoon," Daly said in a statement. "We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time. We are hopeful that once the Union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible."
Reports say the NHL has upped the term limit on contracts from five years to six (teams can re-sign players for seven years), has increased the allowable yearly salary variance from 5 percent to 10 percent and will allow each team one buyout before the 2013-14 season that won't count against the salary cap but will count against the players' share of revenues.
The players reportedly have a conference call at 3 p.m., and Sportsnet.ca reports the NHLPA is crafting a counterproposal.
The sides have until about Jan. 10 to create a new collective bargaining agreement before the NHL cancels the entire season. UPDATE: Reports say the league's deadline to start a 48-game season is Jan. 19, with training camp opening at least seven days prior.