I remember there being mutual interest between the owners and players into cutting the regular season to somewhere around 70 games. It would seem natural that if the players are playing 10% fewer games, that they would see a 10% decrease in salary offers. For example, say Scott Niedermayer was worth 8 million on the open market last summer. Would he still be worth 8 million if the season was only 72 games long? Or is he only worth 7 million now? I suppose that would be a minor way to help a team with potential cap problems. Although I haven't heard any mention of a shortened season in any of the recent proposals. And it seemed like the NHL was moving towards shootouts as well.