I know that right now thousands of fans are pissed and I was too. But over the course of the day and watching the press conferences, I have a feeling they will get a deal done this summer so they can start the season on time. I believe that if the NHL and NHLPA can get a deal done this summer, reduce ticket prices by 10-20% and make all the necessary rule changes to bring back some excitement to the games themselves the league will be fine in a year or two. I know that the revenues will drastically be cut next year (if theres a season), BUT if the NHL comes back better than ever, they could make up a lot of the lost revenues. To be honest, a 28 game schedule this season is almost a waste of time even though it would help ease some of the pissed off fans. But it would be really hard to get the league running properly in 10-14 days. If they get a deal done this summer, make the necessary rule changes and market the game to death :lol , they could be in good shape for 2006-07 or 2007-08. I guess we'll just have to wait and find out, but IMO a deal needs to be reached this summer and the earlier the better.