When negotiations broke up on Thursday, the NHL and NHLPA agreed on something: the gap between the two sides was substantial on the subject of revenue sharing. The players view revenue sharing as a more important piece of the new CBA than the league.
Commissioner Gary Bettman made clear to the assembled media that the league intends to lock the players out if there isn’t a new CBA in place when the current agreement expires on Sept. 15.
That date is five weeks from Saturday. The players will reportedly offer their counter-proposal to the owners on Tuesday next week.