Here is my plan for How the NHL should run a replacement player league. 1) implement the new Cba after declaring an impasse 2) hold the draft as anticipated but lots of overage euro's get drafted to fill up roster space. These players lost their jobs to NHLer's so why not have them come and take the NHLer's jobs. Boy that would be justice there! 3) adjust the rules as discussed on this board many times: a) no red line b) no instiagator c) shootout d) no touch icing e) tag up offside f) smaller goalie gear g) no composit sticks( saves teh owners tons of money too) h) 3 points for a win, 2 for overtime/shoot out win, 1 point for a tie. 4) game player to be 4 on 4 all the time. this will open up teh game big time and lower player compensation costs as teams will only need to carry 16-17 players instead of 22-23. So ech team will need to find less replacement players. Looks drastic, but it would improve the speed of the game and hey if you go way back there use to be 7 players per side in hockey in the 20's so why no change it now as well. They made the move then to speed up teh game and create more scoring and that is what we need now as well. Who here can say they don't like the exitement of 4on4 hockey? This is a win/win for everyone and the owners have a chance to do it this one time in implementation as the NHLPA would never stand for the loss of this many jobs. To give an example here is how I think my Oilers replacement team would look. forwards Ales Hemsky Jarret stoll Raffi torres robbie schremp MA pouliot Tonly salmalainen Dragan umicevic Brad winchester jesse ninimaki, Zac Stortini doug lynch Jeff woywitka matt greene Mat Roy roman Tesliuk dan smith Tom Gilbert Net minders: Tyler moss or Mike morrison and Jeff Delaurier The irony is the oilers have enough depth to just have their own current prospects fill up their roster. This isn't counting any Current NHL players from the oil crossing the line. These players are not super stars, but there are enough young players with talent there to provide great entertainment. The prssure would be on as the young players are developing while current NHLers are striking and losing valuble career time. In all of this rember that when this same thing happend in in the NFL, Dan marino Cross the picket line and he never had any stigma attached to him when he retired!