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CBA Update: Both Sides Exchange Proposals, Make Significant Progress

January 2nd, 2013 at 7:09 PM
By Frank Vajcner

The NHL and NHLPA have been exchanging proposals in the last six days, and reports out of New York say that significant progress has been made.

Both sides have exchanged four proposals since last Thursday, which is the most exchanging done in a round of negotiations to this point. The latest proposal was another counter from the players' union.

Both sides are expected to meet at 8 pm tonight, per TSN's Darren Dreger.

ESPN's Pierre LeBrun tweeted that tonight's meeting will be huge, and that a lot could be determined by how well the league responds to the latest proposal, and if the NHLPA decides to file a disclaimer of interest or not. The deadline to file is midnight tonight.

Progress has been made on the length of the new CBA, as both sides have agreed on a ten year CBA. The sides have also agreed on revenue sharing, per Renaud Lavoie.

Another rumor being floated around is expanding the playoffs to 20 teams. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos says that while that issue has not been brought up in negotiations, both sides have had internal discussions about adding to the playoffs. This might be something brought up further down the road.

A lot remains to be seen throughout tonight and the following days.

Tags: Detroit, Detroit Red Wings, Hockey, NHL, NHLPA

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