The NHL sent a new offer to the NHLPA on Thursday that includes some compromise according to an NHL player in a report by ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.
The player, who requested anonymity, said the new proposal moved on term limits for player contracts, salary variance and buyouts.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly would not confirm what the player said when reached by ESPN.com.
The league's push for a five-year limit has been a major roadblock for the players, whose Dec. 6 counter proposal offered to limit deals to eight years. It's believed the league has offered to move to six-year limits on player contracts.
Looming deadlines on both sides of the labor dispute could require an agreement soon if the league is to play some form of a regular season.
The NHL has cancelled games through Jan. 14 since the two sides last met with mediators on Dec. 13.
On Dec. 6, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he “can’t imagine wanting to play fewer than” 48 games, a shortened season that would likely have to begin around the third week of January and a resolution to the labor standoff by mid-January.
A vote by the players has given the NHLPA's executive board the power to decide whether or not to file a notice of disclaimer of interest, effectively dissolving the union, by Jan. 2.