Of course anyone with an ounce of rationality would realize that this whole fight is for the big markets, and how they can have New York , Chicago and LA (and Toronto to a lesser extent) become among the dominating teams. I mean, lets face it, having the NHL's next dynasty in Ottawa is not good for the league, but great for Ottawa fans. THe league wants to make sure that we cannot dominate for the next 7 years which seems almost guaranteed. Their solution? Lower the UFA age so that our best players would be available at 27, or 28 to go to the bigger market teams. AT least at 27 the player is not declining as he is at 31. So how does the lower UFA age, the thing the owners want most, help the small markets? Its funny, most people for some reason thought that this was about the small markets, but its really about the big markets. How do we allow the big markets to become competitive within a year or two instead of 4 or 5 that is needed under this system? Forget the honest way to build and win, lets short circuit it so that the big markets can turn around within a ocuple years! Yes, that is best for Ottawa and best for the small markets. So, someone please tell me : How does a lower UFA age (the thing that the owners are after) help the small markets? GOod luck everyone!