Finally, we have some action in this NHL lockout that has dragged into the regular season.
The NHL owners presented an offer to the NHLPA this afternoon, offering a 50-50 split in revenue. Under their plan, the season would begin on November 2nd, and all 82 games would be played.
“We very much want to preserve a full 82-game season, and in that light, we made an offer that is our best shot at preserving an 82-game regular season and playoffs,” commissioner Gary Bettman said. “This offer was contingent upon having an 82-game regular-season.”
If the season were to start November 2nd, it would be preceded by a week-long training camp and perhaps a few exhibition games.
The ball is now on the players’ court, as the NHLPA will look over the proposal and produce a counter-offer in the near future.
“(The offer) is not short, and there were some explanatory documents that we still have to wade through,” NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told the assembled media at the union head office.
If everything runs smoothly, the San Jose Sharks would start their season with a home-and-home against Colorado on November 3rd and 5th.