In listening to both press conferences, two things have become clear to me. First, Gary Bettman is a smart man. I have never really liked this man since he referred to a phantom memo that it was OK for Brett Hull's skate to be in the crease.....but I digress. Bettman clearly and logically laid out how the league was losing money and put forth what ultimately would have been a reasonable proposal. Goodenow, on the other hand, looked defensive after the bluff was called. I wonder if he has ever been forced to truly negotiate. He clearly had the upper hand in previous negotiations when the league was trying to expand (probably not the greatest idea) and trying to get players into the Olympics. I don't think he's ever been forced to deal from a position of relative weakness. When he said that players were not trying to INCREASE their share, all I could think about was Amelda Marcos not wanting to INCREASE her number of shoes. I think the NHLPA needed someone with more negotiating experience running the show. Hockey players are dedicated and passionate, but let's not forget, very few even go to college or university. They rely on the advise of their consultants as do many of us. These consultants disputed the Levitt report, but wouldn't bother to examine the raw data to explain why. I've been on the fence for the past few months, but now I don't think the players will ever get a better offer than the one they just turned down.