NHL.com Gary Bettman announced a new offer to the NHLPA that allows an 82 game schedule beginning 11/2.
Donald Fehr he needs time to review the offer.
Both Bettman/Fehr have given video interviews.
NHL.com Transcript of Bettman's Comments
Obviously this is the final chance for an 82 game schedule. An offer of this measure also means the players existing long-term front-loaded contracts will be honored in full which no doubt most players will want to accept.
If Donald Fehr does not accept the offer, not even the media salesman of x market teams will be able to defend the NHLPA not accepting a 50/50 split given what the avg NHL player now makes in salary.
The problem moving forward are issues Bettman has within his own circle of owners on salary cap, front-loading, length of contracts, and how many NTC/NMC a team can carry. A league where you have seventy million dollar teams front-loading, or hiding mistakes in the AHL is not a balanced system.
There cannot be collusion not to front-load or make long-term offers, it has to be part of a binding agreement on player contracts with the NHLPA.
Revenue sharing is an internal NHL decision to make among owners governing themselves with regard to their share of revenue.