In a letter to players and agents, Fehr said the proposal owners made this week in what they said was an attempt to preserve a full 82-game schedule was an improvement over previous management offers but "represents very large, immediate and continuing concessions by players to owners."
"Simply put, the owners' new proposal, while not quite as Draconian as their previous proposals, still represents enormous reductions in player salaries and individual contracting rights," Fehr said in the letter, according to a report by TSN. "As you will see, at the 5 percent industry growth rate the owners predict, the salary reduction over six years exceeds $1.6 billion. What do the owners offer in return?"
In the midst of their third lockout since 1994, owners gave the union what the league called a "proposal to save 82-game season." The NHL said it hoped a deal would be reached by Oct. 25, and the season would start by Nov. 2, three weeks behind schedule. The sides are scheduled to meet again Thursday.
"We do not yet know whether this proposal is a serious attempt to negotiate an agreement, or just another step down the road," Fehr wrote. "The next several days will be, in large part, an effort to discover the answer to that question."
The NHL released details of its offer Wednesday, a day after giving it to the union. The proposal is for a six-year deal with a mutual option for a seventh. The plan includes a 50-50 split in hockey-related revenue and a provision to ensure players receive all the money they've been promised on existing contracts.
The offer includes:
Among the items not addressed in the league's public detailing of its offer was realignment, drug testing or the NHL's participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
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