Blackhawks player rep Steve Montador told the Chicago Sun-Times “Will the players accept it? I don’t think so … 50-50 can mean a lot of things.” Given the course of negotiations so far, it would seem logical that at least a counter offer would need to be submitted before anything happens.
Bettman said with a Nov. 2 target date and this proposal being contingent on getting in a full 82-game season, the sides would need to get a deal done in the next nine to 10 days. That would allow for players to return from Europe and teams to hold one-week training camps.
Extra games would be fit in once every five weeks, Bettman said. Under this proposal, the Caps could begin the season Nov. 2 at home against the Boston Bruins.
That is still seen as far-fetched, as it would require a quick resolution. But Tuesday could have represented a beginning to that process.
“I’ve been looking for a way to get these negotiations jump-started, and if this does it, that’d be great,” Fehr said. “We’ll see though.”
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