No they don't. The current CBA of course officially expires, but there is nothing that says any proposal being made by either side also goes out the window.
I am trying to find a legit source that says it was an "ultimatum". So far, all I can find are unreliable twitter feeds from people who weren't there.
EDIT: This is the closest I have found. http://nbcsports.msn.../ns/sports-nhl/
Not really an ultimatum. Hell, at the end of every CBA, all deals go out the window anyway.
When you make a counter proposal and say the union has until the 15th to accept or the deal will be removed, that is an ultimatum.
Listening to Bettman talk in the press conference, in between all his cheap shots at the union, he does sound like there may be the possibility of further negotiation before the deadline. But it's hard to know if that's sincere since his main purpose seemed to be spinning things that the union hadn't conceded anything, the league had "meaningful movement" and tried to make it sound as if the union is the hold up in further negotiations. All that after Bettman said "negotiating publicly doesn't help the process."
The difference in professionalism and tone of the press conferences held by Bettman and Fehr is amazing.
Again, that is false. The CBA expires, but that has no effect on proposals unless Bettman and the owners link the two, which they've done.
After any CBA expiration, all deals are typically off the table. I thought that Bettman said "Sign this, or else we will ask for a 60-40 split in revenues" or something along those lines.
And the implication of pulling any offer off the table is obviously that later offers will be even less favorable. By giving an expiration date on a deadline, there is the implicit threat that things will get worse later.
It's beyond me that someone could watch Bettman's press conference and think this is equally both sides fault.
It certainly would be nice to hear about the details of these proposals.
From the way it sounds.....both sides are proposing "my way or the highway" with no concessions. Not really a way to bargain.
He takes several shots at the union, then later lectures about "not negotiating publicly." And even goes back to blame the players for the lost season in 2004.
When asked directly if it was a final offer, Bettman refused to answer and once again fell back on his "not negotiating publicly" dodge. He also said repeatedly revenue sharing is not the issue.