Hey Hockey Fans, I'm getting this story off a couple of blogs (yes one is Eklund) . . . and they both seem to allude to the same thing: a NEW proposal is coming from Goodnow and the PA on Sunday: "from the chicago tribune via the mercury news (sub req), After rejecting the latest league proposal without attempting to negotiate off it, NHL Players Association executive director Bob Goodenow is rumored to be ready to present the league with another proposal before Monday - when most observers expect the league will cancel the rest of the 2004-05 season. It's unlikely any public statements will be made other than to announce a deal or the season's cancellation. But rumors are spreading Goodenow will present NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman with a proposal for a deal that may run for as long as eight seasons. It would be based on the union's earlier luxury tax proposal and triggers that probably would allow the league to institute its salary cap plan after two seasons. note: The Mercury News is known for getting stories early and posting them asap. This article will actually appear in Sunday's Chicago Tribune." An 8-year hybrid deal (3 tax, 5 cap) might be the compromise they are looking for. And my opinion is if they offer non-linkage with the cap, it's a done deal. Regardless, at least we'll have closure in the next day or so. Thank God for that. Here's to hockey in March!