You hear all these players talking about how they want to be partners with the NHL, but in fact, they don't. You hear all these players talk about how they're fighting this battle for the next generation, but in fact, they aren't. The NHL has offered a scheme that includes linkage to league revenues as well as profit sharing. Well, that sounds like a partnership to me. If the league is doing good, then the players only benefit; cap will go up as revenues will go up and players will benefit from increased profits long-term. Sure, short term the players will take a beating, as the league has suffered hard throughout this lockout. With each day passing, the pie to divide is getting smaller and smaller. Then you hear several players talking about how they're fighting this battle for the next generation, which is an absolute false argument. If they were in fact fighting this battle for the next generation, a deal would have been in place already. In fact, I dare to say that the players don't care too much about the so-called 'next generation'. The only care about the short-term, which is like the next 5 years or so; during this time they want to make as much money as possible. However, it will take years for the league to recover from this lockout, as many stakeholders don't want anything to do with damaged goods, i.e. the NHL. Hence, linkage will hurt the incomes of these players in a major way, as revenues are going down, way down. However, if they were really fighting for the next generation, then the proposed linkage and profit sharing is the ultimate deal for the players. Why, one might ask? Well, after suffering from this lockout for the next couple of years, the league will eventually blossom and both revenues as well as profits will go up. As a result, the cap (linkage) will go up and players will benefit from the profit sharing scheme. Now that's what I call a partnership. For the NHL to blossom in the future, however, it's not enough to sit on the current product; too many people think the sport is boring, too difficult to follow, etc. Hence, rule changes to simplify the game will help get more people interested. Furthermore, hockey players are boring! There are some fine athletes among them, but none of them will make it in showbizz, as they're not flamboyant as for example some NFL players. Players like Ovechkin & Malkin got critisized for showboating at the WJC, while playing the USA. In my opinion, the NHL needs a lot more players like this, as these type of actions get the fans agitated and of their seats. It's all about showbizz, and if these players don't realize that, well, then they should be playing at some lower level where it's all about hockey!