Will it turn out that leaking the information was only to serve as a shock to players and make them pesimistic and doubtful about today's counter proposal so that when the NHL come up with a better than anticipated offer - they will bite? Just a thought. 24% rollback, with NHL increasing the bottom line team payroll to 35 million from 31 million with a soft cap instead of a hard cap. Payroll tax to be offered at 50% on payroll over 35 million and 100% on anything over 40 million with a doubling effect for repeat offenders. A cap but with all the doom and gloom predictions for today it might make the offer sound better to the players than they had hoped for.