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The NHL posted the full text of its offer to preserve a full regular hockey season on the web today, a move some players are calling a tactic to sway public opinion toward the league. “This proposal is our best attempt to save an 82-game 2012/13 season, and is, in fact, the best we can responsibly do,” said the league on NHL.com.
The proposal calls for a 50-50 split in revenue between the league and the players, but NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said it still means big concessions by the players.
“Simply put, the owners’ new proposal, while not quite as draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights,” he said.
At a press conference for a Chicago Blackhawks charity game, captain Jonathan Toews called the public offer “an interesting tactic. To certain extent they’re trying to sway public opinion.”
CBC Sports commentator Elliotte Friedman says the league and the NHL Players’ Association are now in the “zone of potential agreement,” or ZOPA.
“For the first time since this agonizingly, ridiculous process began, there is a legitimate goalpost in the ground,” he wrote on CBCSports.ca.
Do you think there will be a full NHL schedule this year? Or a shortened season as there was in 1995? Or do you think the season will be lost entirely, as it was in 2004-05?