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NHL offers fresh proposal to end bitter labor dispute

Reuters

The National Hockey League (NHL) has given the players’ union a new proposal in a bid to end their labor dispute in time for a limited season, league deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Friday.

Daly said the proposal for a new collective bargaining agreement was delivered to the NHL Players’ Association on Thursday.

NHL and union officials were expected to discuss the proposal during a conference call yesterday and then meet face-to-face today, the league’s Web site said.

“We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time,” Daly said in a statement.

“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,” he said.

The offer is reportedly contingent on a regular season of at least 48 games starting no later than Jan. 19, according to NHL.com.

The union had no comment.

Players have been locked out since September and the league has canceled games through Jan. 14.

At stake is how to divide US$3.3 billion in annual revenue.

The league’s latest offer included changes in NHL proposals on term limits for players contracts, salary variance and buyouts, a player who requested anonymity told ESPN.com.

The offer would extend the limit of player contracts to six years from the NHL’s previous offer of five, adjust yearly salary variance to 10 percent from five percent, and permit one buyout for each team before the 2013-2014 season that would not count against the team’s salary cap, but would count against the players’ share, the ESPN report said.

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