IMO, the NHLPA can salvage the season and still get many concessions from the NHL in return for agreeing to a form of the soft cap that was offered to them yesterday. NHL/Bettman left the door open on many fronts and in a strange way, left Goodenow some room to save face and not take a total hit on his pride. What the NHLPA can salvage; Owners/Bettman would agree to 2 way arbitration with % limits both upward/downward. Owners/Bettman would agree to free agency at age 29 Owners/Bettman would agree to cutting the rollback offer by 50% across the board. Owners/Bettman would agree to a specified bonus structure on entry level contracts. Owners/Bettman will agree to a 2 or 3 year phase in period for a new system to take form. I think owners/Bettman would agree to meet the NHLPA in the middle and increase their soft cap offer to 55.3% of gross revenue. (middle of their current offer and NHLPA's starting offer after their current rollback offer) owners/Bettman have left the door open a crack and now the NHLPA have to decide if they want to open the door, concede to an improved soft salary cap system that works well in other leagues like the NBA/NFL/CFL or play next year in the WHA or lower paid downsized NHL. The lessor of two evils is to negotiate on all other aspects of Bettman's proposal and concede to the systemic issue that Bettman and the owners want and will get one way or the other.