NHL makes new offer to players

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The NHL reached out to the NHL Players' Association on Thursday with a new proposal, the league confirmed Friday.
The offer includes an increase in contract length for the players and movement on salary variance and buyouts, ESPN.com reported.
The two sides are planning to hold a conference call on Saturday and will attempt to meet in New York City on Sunday to try to negotiate a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Winnipeg Free Press reported.
"We are not prepared to discuss the details of our proposal at this time," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in the statement. "We are hopeful that once the union's staff and negotiating committee have had an opportunity to thoroughly review and consider our new proposal, they will share it with the players. We want to be back on the ice as soon as possible."
The reported new proposal includes extending the limit of player contracts to six years from the NHL's previous offer of five, an adjustment in yearly salary variance from 5 percent to 10 percent, and one compliance buyout for each team before the 2013-14 season that won't count against the team's salary cap but will count against the players' share.
The players have haggled in particular with the NHL in negotiations over contract limits. They want a minimum of eight years.
The players held an internal conference call Friday afternoon, the Free Press reported. There also were reports that the NHL Players' Association would offer a counterproposal.
As the stalemate continues, the threat of canceling the entire NHL season looms. Games have been called off through Jan. 14.

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