Not that it matters, but NHL made a new proposal this morning:
Details of the new offer include:
• Term limit on player contracts moves to six years from the five years NHL asked in previous offers (seven years if you're re-signing your own player).
• Year-to-year salary variance moves from 5 percent (NHL's previous offers) to 10 percent.
• Each team will be allowed one compliance buyout before the 2013-14 season that will not count against the salary cap but will count against the players' share.
• The Make Whole provision stays at $300 million.
This is from a player source to ESPN (who spoke on condition of anonymity) and unconfirmed by Bill Daly. Trying really hard not to get my hopes up. But, they should already have been close enough to get a deal and this lessens the divide even more.