NHL makes second offer to players, Wild's Zach Parise is 'ready to play'

The NHL put a new proposal in front of the NHL Players' Association on Tuesday in hopes of avoiding a possible lockout. Players' association president Donald Fehr says he doesn't feel "better or worse" about the newest offer. Wild star Zach Parise says the players are "ready to play."
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