If it happens that owners start up a new league titled NHL II then IMO it will only take about 5 years to replace the top end talent of the current NHL. The top 100 or so players would be replaced by the likes of youngsters like Spezza, Ovechkin, Crosby, Carter, Richards, Phoenuf, Bergeron, Malkin, Dube, Pouliot, Staal, Nash and dozens of other good young players. The next 1300 top hockey players in the world are pretty much interchangable. The game actually might be better off for it because skilled players or undersized players may actually bring more entertainment to the game than countless one dimensional grinder types that dominate the NHL right now. So no impasse needed. Just a new league with pretty much the same owners and venues all operating under a different set of economic rules. Bring it on. I'm tired of the attitude of many current NHL stars and especially their leadership. Time to refresh the league with a new vision and a new breed of players.