Sorry if this has been touched on in another thread, but I haven't noticed much discussion about this. I'm hoping someone can explain this to me: a) How can the NHLPA unilaterally decide that all player contracts be cut by 24% in the first place? With regard to a), I always understood that an NHL SPC was an agreement governed by the CBA but reached between player and team management. I don't understand how the NHLPA can insert themselves into a SPC as a third party with the authority to adjust the specific terms of that contract. Also: b) Further to my question above, how can the NHLPA effectively consent to wiping these contracts away? It is the player and the team that has come to the agreement, and it has been the team that locked out the player and rendered him unable to perform. Given the Alexei Yashin decision in Ottawa (where the player had the term of his contract enforced after sitting out a year), shouldn't these players be entitled to the compensation as outlined in their agreements or at least an opportunity to live up to the agreement? It strikes me that the mother of all grievances/lawsuits is going to be filed if what's being rumoured is indeed the case.