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NHL and NHLPA May Meet on Friday...NHL Offer Movement on Key Issues. (E5)

December 28, 2012, 3:45 AM ET [761 Comments]
Told this by two reliable sources:

NHL Offer includes...

Player contracts from 5 years to 6 years
Variability from 5% to 10%
Make whole remains at $300m
Plus more

Updated 4:05. Hearing another key issue with movement, but can't discuss.

Updated 10:10 am:

The other key issue is the transitional buyout of one player before the start of the 2013-14 season. This is a major concession by the NHL. The idea here that a team can basically get a mulligan and buy out one player without a cap hit adds potentially huge outside-the-cap money into the pot for some of the big-budget teams. I am shocked the NHL would do this because it is something that only a few wealthy teams could even do. About 20 or so teams feel it is unfair for a wealthy teams to be allowed a mulligan, and have opposed the idea until now.

I would call this a very big move by the NHL.

It is not 100% that the sides meet in person today, but the two sides have been working the hell out of semantics of how you define a "meeting." Is it a phone call to discuss the offer? Is it the cast of characters flying to NY? Is it Bettman and Don Fehr talking alone?
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