The NHL has made a new offer to the players' association, anchored by a 50-50 split of hockey-related revenue and a full 82-game season starting Nov. 2.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the latest offer was crafted for a quick response from the players.
"It was done," Bettman said, "in the spirit of getting a deal done."
"Our hope, after we review this, is that there will be a feeling on the players' side that this will be a proposal from which we can negotiate and try and reach a conclusion," said Donald Fehr, head of the players' association.
Bettman said the proposed six-year deal takes steps to guarantee the players will get full value from their existing contracts.
In order to create a new 82-game schedule, each NHL team would have one extra game added every five weeks.
"We're focused on getting the puck dropped on Nov. 2 and playing a full 82-game regular season and full playoffs," Bettman said. "That's what this offer is all about."