I wouldn’t get too excited about this until the owners react officially … and I doubt very much that they’re going to be dancing over the NHLPA’s proposal today.
Is it a big step toward an agreement? By comparison to the previous 65 days or so, yes, it is. Is it everything the owners want or need to get a deal done? No, it isn’t.
How the owners respond will tell how significant this proposal really is.
And remember this, if the owners dismiss this proposal out of hand, it will be as grim and gloomy a point in the lockout as we have seen.
As I’ve said all along, that’s when a deal will get done. When gloom and doom and the point of no return are upon us. That’s when negotiating will really begin in earnest … and if it doesn’t then, then there won’t be a season.