I think it is incredibly clear. The NHLPA KNEW that the NHL whould never accept 49. The NHL KNEW that the NHLPA would never give in completely and accept 42.5. The answer to saving the season, if there is one at all, was between 42.5 and 49. Considering that the NHLPA wanted to make a deal now more than the NHL (given the NHLPA's giving in to the CAP), the NHLPA was certainly willing to move down from 49. How far down? I don't know. The PA should have (and still should today) make their best possible offer (like the NHL claimed to make at 42.5. If the NHLPA's best offer is is 46 then offer 46; if it's 45 then offer 45. And put it all in the League's hand to see if 2.5 to 3.5 million$ is worth making yesterday the darkest day in hockey. Anyways, I am TOTALLY convinced that there must be SOMETHING going on behind the scenes right now. Gretzky denied himself working on it, fine. But Yzerman: "I don't know if it's necessarily tonight, tomorrow morning, Friday night or Saturday. I know the season has been cancelled, but it's not too late to uncancel it," And Sakic: "Hopefully it will be behind the scenes because every time it goes public, it gets ruined. (...)There's upset people on both sides. We did a lot of damage in the last couple of days. We've got to find a way to get it done ". There is no way that those two vets who have so much respect throughout the league can just throw those words out there and do nothing about it themselves. They must be working on something; may be not necessarily together but still... Their careers in the NHL are nearly over and they have made them rich. They must have realized that the time has come to give back and (somewhat) give-in further to the League. Like someone here said earlier today: "there is too much smoke for there not to be fire".