June 22, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; General view of the stage prior to the 2012 NHL Draft at CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE
The NHL and the NHL Players' Association are trying to avoid a lockout. On Tuesday, the players are expected to respond to the owners' collective bargaining agreement proposal with one of their own.
The NHL and the National Hockey League Players' Association are still attempting to work out a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) prior to the start of the 2012-13 season. There is a chance there could be a lockout if a new CBA is not worked out in time. On Tuesday, the players are expected to respond to the initial offer put forward by the league with a proposal of their own.
Donald Fehr, the head of the NHLPA, called the new proposal an "alternative" to the initial offer, rather than a counterproposal. The sticking point, as with most CBAs, lies in revenue sharing. The owners would like the players to take a significantly lower percentage of league revenues than they made under the old agreement, and the players are understandably balking at the suggestion.