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NHL owners make new CBA offer to NHLPA

The NHL made a new offer to the NHLPA Thursday that included movement on contract term limit, salary variance and compliance buyouts, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun. The two sides have not met since Dec. 13, and as of Friday morning no future sessions have been scheduled.

From LeBrun:

Details of the new offer include:
• Term limit on player contracts moves to six years from the five years NHL asked in previous offers (seven years if you’re re-signing your own player).
• Year-to-year salary variance moves from 5 percent (NHL’s previous offers) to 10 percent.
• Each team will be allowed one compliance buyout before the 2013-14 season that will not count against the salary cap but will count against the players’ share.
• The Make Whole provision stays at $300 million.

Additional details of the league’s proposal were obtained by ESPN Friday afternoon and you can check out all of the highlights here.

“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,” NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a news release Friday afternoon. “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.”

Could the new proposal spark negotiations that could salvage a shortened season? We won’t know that until the union reviews and responds to the offer, but the clock certainly is ticking. In order to play a 48-game season, the two sides likely need to reach an agreement by the second week of January.

This latest offer by the league comes just a few days ahead of the NHLPA’s self-imposed Jan. 2 deadline to file a disclaimer of interest. Last week, players voted overwhelmingly to give the NHLPA’s executive board the power to disclaim interest, a move that would dissolve the union and make the NHL subject to anti-trust lawsuits.

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Russian Machine has video of the hit that sent Backstrom into the boards awkwardly Wednesday and caused the injury.

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