The NHLPA will offer a menu of 4 proposals tothe NHL this afternoon. All with 50\50 split of revenues.. I think hockey coming back soon.
— mathieu dandenault (@mdandenault25) October 18, 2012
Three-time Stanley Cup champion Mathieu Dandenault fired out the above tweet this afternoon, expressly claiming that the NHLPA is offering the NHL four different proposals to choose from, each one with a revenue split of 50/50.
If true, that’s a pretty sharp PR turn from the union. Basically, now they have the upper hand with the “Hey, if they can’t choose at least one of our offers, this is on them, not us” angle.
I have to believe that, much like the way the owners used the initial lowball offer so they could get the players thinking “wow, compared to the initial offer, this looks pretty good,” that at least one or two of the offers is considerably better than the others.
That way, you set up the whole “Heyyy, this looks pretty good” moment for the owners. We’ll find out soon enough. They’re meeting as I write this.
From David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period: Of the 4 proposals being presented to the NHL by the NHLPA, all include a gradual step towards 50/50 split. Year 1 starts around 54/46.
I am hearing NHLPA presented three offers to NHL.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 18, 2012
* Confirmed by Pierre Lebrun as well – three offers.