The NHL may have taken a big step closer to returning to the ice.
The league proposed a new deal to the Player's Association Friday in an attempt to bring the lockout to an end after 104 days without hockey.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league offered another option to the players that will give the them and owners a 50-50 split on hockey revenue. Along with the revenue split, free agents will now be able to sign a deal with new teams for a maximum of six years. That's up from the five year maximum.
Players would also be given better retirement benefits under this new proposal that the league hopes will run through the 2022 season.
Earlier this year, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said that a shortened season that had fewer than 48 games would likely not be worth playing. That would mean that games would need to resume by mid-to-late January.
This proposal may be the last chance for the league so salvage the 2012-13 season.