NHL Deputy Commisioner Bill Daly has confirmed the NHL has drafted a new proposal that was sent to the players on Thursday.
"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," said Daly in a statement. " 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."
Daly and NHLPA special counsel Steve Fehr will discuss the new proposal over a phone call Saturday. If that discussion goes well, the two sides could meet in New York Sunday to resume negotiations toward a new CBA.
The NHL's proposal includes the following details:
- The NHL adjusted the maximum contract length from 5 years to 6 years, with a 7th year added for teams who sign their own players. The variance from year-to-year has been adjusted from 5% to 10%.
- The length of the deal is 10 years, with a mutual opt-out after 8 years.
- The 'Make Whole' provision stays at $300 million in this proposal. It also allows one compliance buy-out before the 2013-14 season, which won't count against the cap, but will count against the players' share.
- Free agency would switch from July 1st to July 10th, with an opportunity to start talking to players on July 1st, but no signings may be made before July 10th.
- The salary cap for the 2013-14 season would be set at $60 million.