I have read thousands of posts about this. This is my take on it If you distil everything down to the basic issue is has to be this. The owners cant get arround the colussion thing. They cant just reset saleries in acordance to true revenues. They cant get together , look at the books and readjust the payrole. When the players say " let the market decide" but the market is not allowed to decide and the players know this. The players want to go for the highest bidder, forcing a shark like feeding frenze for their services, but the sharks are not allowed to stop hunting this fish in favour of another type. No wonder the players don't want to stop the feeding frenze ever. It is the most inflasionary system the could exsist. Since the bigger sharks can afford more they will out bid eachother. AS for the smaller sharks " well if those teams can't afford to out bid anybody" let them starve, it's not a player problem I am not an owner or an invester. This is what the players call a fair system. Ferthermore the players want input on rules and how the games is put together. If your an invester then you get to vote, if your the worker you don,t. The players don't want to be investers, no partnership. It's their choice and they continue to make the same choice. On garenteed contracts, again the player wants to be paid on the basis of past proformance ( if i score 50 goals I am worth a 50 goal salerie) so why does the garentee not go both ways. THe player refuses to garentee his 50 goal production. ( nice deal if you can get it ) Under the Anti-trust laws the owners have no choice, either fold the league and start all over again or put in a salerie cap. Once each team has contracted for 20 basic players and his buget is spent it's not colussion anymore if he has not money for Jagr at 10 mill per year. Jagr will still go for the highest bidder but the bids will be a lot lower. And this is what the top 40 or so players that I believe are actually running the NHLPA don't want. They are willing to always throw under the bus the rookies, in favour of a best deal for them. Unlimited inflasion is what these guys want. "we did not force owners to over bid" but with the anti-trust law in effect they did and continue the hide behind it. Hockey needs to be fixed. Players need to become investers in their sport. Growing the business is the only way out for everyone. Refusing to look at the books is no longer acceptable. " I don't care if your loseing money, I don't want you to prove your case that your loseing money, I want you to find more Billionaires that are willing to lose money" Thats the NHLPA way out of this impass. If the NHL puts forward a new offer ( yes with a cap ) Goodenow and the top 40 will never let the rank and file vote on it. is this not a hyjacking of the union by a few. This does not sound very democratic to me. It puts into question the true motive of the top 40.