After the NHL made public their most recent offer to the NHL players' association, they lay in wait for the NHLPA's response, hoping they'd be enticed by the inclusion of a 50-50 revenue split. Today, the union made not one but three such counteroffers, and ... nope. After a very brief period of deliberation, Gary Bettman announced this afternoon that the parties had made absolutely no progress in resolving their differences, even calling the most recent exchange a "step backward." The NHLPA took stances that Bettman described as mere variations of proposals made over the summer.
Basically, the hopes of having a full NHL season — if any season at all — are back to dwindling fast after the recent bit of optimism. Suggestions of some semblance of convergence regarding the revenue split are mildly encouraging, but this is still bad news.