Fehr: NHLPA counteroffer expected on Tuesday

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The NHLPA hasn’t made a counteroffer yet to the NHL’s initial proposal yet, but at least now we have a release date.

“Whether you call it a counter-proposal, an alternative proposal, a proposal, you know, or a tree…whatever it is, we expect it on Tuesday,” NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told reporters Thursday, according to NHLPA.com. He then helpfully added that “the last part was a joke.”

The clock is ticking, especially after NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that he “reiterated to the union that the owners will not play another year under the current agreement.”

The current CBA is set to expire on Sept. 15 and there are a number of issues that need to be resolved in order to avoid a lockout.

Fehr has taken issue with the NHL’s proposed revenue sharing system, which he said “would be paid for by player salary reductions.”

He also added that there’s a “meaningful gulf” when it comes to revenue sharing.

The players’ union and NHL will meet again on Friday and at least three times next week.