Well, the NHL surprised me and a lot of other people by extending another offer. But more than that they completely one upped the Players Association. The offer includes a full 82 game schedule, starting Nov 2. Which means the players have to respond quickly and the offer was for a 50-50 split. PR points to the NHL but big time!!!
The players must respond, but do not have to accept this proposal, but bargaining must begin in earnest and the oneness is on the players. The NHL by leading the way, has forced the players to either agree to some negotiated contract very quickly or face/assume the blame for a lost season or a major portion thereof.