The NHL Players' Association has a proposal on the table that could push collective bargaining agreement negotiations in the right direction, with the players facing a lockout on Sept. 15.
With revenue sharing the sticking point in negotiations, the players union is willing to take less revenue over a three-year period in exchange for other concessions, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr, yes, that Donald Fehr from the baseball strike days, joined players in a meeting with owners and league representatives Tuesday. While this new proposal provides hope for a solution before the imposed deadline, everyone hopes to avoid another players strike like the one that occurred eight years ago severely damaged the NHL's credibility and impacted its ticket sales for games.
The players are willing to take more than a 10 percent reduction in revenue sharing from last season to this season and the two afterward. The Star Tribune report said that while all NHL players are invited to take part in the process, no Minnesota Wild player has joined in.