When the players' three proposals were rejected by the owners, the NHL moved closer to having its entire season in peril.
Gary Bettman called Thursday's proposal by the players 'a step backward.'
The NHL and its players met for just one hour before Gary Bettman emerged to say he was 'thoroughly disappointed.'
Nicklas Backstrom reportedly has signed a contract to play with Alex Ovechkin in the Kontinental Hockey League.
The players' counter proposal today will go a long way in saving or killing the 2012-13 season.