Well I looked through the last 5 pages of threads and saw nothing similar. If the NHL declares impasse, they then get to set up the economic system any way they like, as far as I understand. The NHL obviously would like to keep all 30 teams in place. What kind of system would they set up if it was at 100% their discretion? A very low salary cap? Linkage? What other changes would they put in place? Would they cut ticket prices drastically? Impasse appears to me to be the best possible solution, as it solves all economic aspects of the game. As far as talent goes, it may take a few years to come fully back to the level the NHL was, but in the meantime it will still be the best league there is.