I wrote an article for CBS entitled "Organic nature of CBA negotiations: A Process That Is Cause For Optimism". Here's an excerpt:
Legal negotiations are a process. They are complete with ebbs and flows. Emotions run high and missives are launched. That same process, however, includes the sides becoming more comfortable with possible areas of compromise and looking to continue to resolve differences with a view to settling on terms that are ultimately equitable for both sides. This is the organic nature of negotiations.
We have seen significant movement by both sides. The NHL has modified its revenue share proposals for the players from 43% to 46% to 49% and now 50%. The NHLPA initially offered a 54% share for the players with that share never dropping below 52%. Now, Fehr is open to dropping the player share to 50% in the last year of a 6 year CBA.