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.