sending mixed signals and sigining all the players they signed this past summer. Also for allowing countless players to play in the AHL or in Europe for that matter. They encouraged and allowed players to bypass the necessary waivers system and signed players to AHL contracts so that they could continue to play hockey. ODD isn't it? They could have put so much more pressure on the players, player agents and the NHLPA if they just held their ground and sent a strong message to everyone concerned. Instead they go out and in many cases sign players for what will certainly be above market value under a new system. Why were some rookie paid the rookie max this past summer when it's all but certain that there will be a much lower entry level system in place after the new CBA takes affect. I don't buy the we want our players to continue their development arguement either so why didn't owners and GM's take a stand and show their collective will this past summer if their as consolidated as they want us all to believe?