As the 2012 NHL Lockout enters its second month, the league and its owners have finally prepared a CBA proposal worth talking about. After insulting the players with their initial offer, this one has at least hinted towards the league's willingness to compromise. But is this new proposal worth accepting?
It certainly represents a step in the right direction in an attempt to salvage an 82-game season. More than likely, the NHLPA will have prepared a counter-offer when the two sides reconvene again on Thursday.
But the league is kidding itself if they think the players are going to accept a deal that limits the length of contracts to five years. That stands out as the most unreasonable clause that the players are going to want to tweak.
However, the groundwork to an agreement has been laid. Let's look at three reasons why, given a few compromises, the players should accept this new CBA.