Goodenough is full of it... CBA Idea... Goodenough always says that the players want to play but the owners are locking them out. He says that the players love playing and want to get playing for the fans again as soon as possible. If that's the case, why doesn't the NHLPA approach Bettman and say that they are willing to play for free, or willing to play for minimum wage ($250,000 or whatever it is). That way the game goes on and they can work on the CBA while they are playing. I'm sure Bettman will be more than willing to do that because the league would bring in tons of revenue and have VERY little expense. But the players wouldn't do that. They say they want to get playing in front of the fans again and it's the owners that have locked them out, but if given that option to play for free or minimum wage while the CBA is being resolved I can guarantee you that the players would say no. Why? Because regardless of what propaganda they want to spout out there, in the end, it's all about the money. They are perfectly fine to keep playing under the current system while they work on the CBA, meanwhile raking in huge paycheques, but I'd bet that they aren't willing to keep playing if they aren't making so much money in the meantime. The point is, the reason that the owners have locked the players out as opposed to allowing them to keep playing during negotiations, is that if the players keep playing and keep earning big paycheques, they will have absolutely no motivation to fairly negotiate a new deal. Instead they will just continue earning the big cheques until the owners eventually give in. Having a lockout allows the owners to have a bit of leverage to force the NHLPA to either negotiate and help them fix the problems or sit on the sidelines and wait.