The NHL was very very generous in it's last offer. (1)The Union can open up cba discussions after 4 years. The NHL is basically guaranteeing their proposal. You know, guarantee is a word the NHLPA does not understand. If the players don't like what's going on, then hey, they can renegotiate. That's something the Union would not let the NHL do this past cba. Props to the NHL on being this open minded. (2)The Entry Level system is superb. 4 Year 2-way contracts ($850,000 maximum compensation ). That is still ALOT of money. A lot of bonuses are still included in there. (3)100% Qualifying Offers for Players earning less than $800,000. A signing deadline for players 14 days after training camp. The NHL is looking after the fans bigtime here. They are ensuring we know our roster by the start of the season without any worry. Same Right to Match/Draft Choice Compensation Rules. (4)Salary arbitration is entirely mutual. This is HUGE. The players actually still get to go to arbitration. This is something the NHL wanted to get rid of entirely. Talk about being really generous. (7)Unrestricted free agency would be gone down to 30. Thats one whole year. That's an extra years raise for a lot of guys. Once again the NHL is being generous. The contracts are also still GUARANTEED!!!! (8)NHL minumum salary is INCREASED to $300 000/year. Yeah that's right. It has gone UP. (7)The payroll range is still fair. A good 10 million or so for the big market clubs to spend more money. Hello!! That's 2 Markus Naslunds as of right now!!! (8)The NHL is even considering listening to the PA about a payroll tax!! The NHL said they never wanted one but are so open minded that they said they will at least listen. The union, on the otherhand, will not even listen to anything with thr word cap or linkage in there. (9)PROFIT SHARING. Yeah you heard me correctly. These "greedy Owners" are actually considering sharing their profits with their employees. Talk about forging a partnership. (10)Revenue sharing is something they are going to look more into and improve as well. (11)Joint audit controls for calculating club revenue. The NHL has an answer to the PA's claim of mistrust. They are asking them to help pick an auditor so that they have some peace of mind. Again, the NHL is trying everything to reach out to the union. The fines for lying are INSANE!! There's your trust right there players. (12) They want a joint owner-player council to improve the game (13)They are willing to pay the players if there are playoffs this year. Normally it's free but they are actually going to pay them. That's what I call respect and courtesy towards the players. I can't believe how much the owners have bent thus far. Sticking in things they said would never be considered before. They are trying everything to make a partnership with the players. From an increased minumum wage, to lowering UFA. Profit sharing as well. All this while they get bashed by the PA every second day. Take your PA goggles off people and realize how far the NHL is bending for their employees.