Here Damphousse doesn't understand one fundamental thing about the owners motives and the league economical dynamics. The league is not one homogeneous and uniform business. It's composed of 30 different business, 30 differents markets with 30 different owners with different motives. Damphousse reasoning is fundamentally flawed because of 2 reasons : First the big markets do what's good for them. They give generous rises to their RFAs and sign UFAs to huge multi years deals. Those big markets aren't in danger. They are fine with the last agreement. They are responsible. It's the other teams, who can't compete with the big markets. They try to be responsible, but at one point they can't follow anymore. The league ain't trying to get cost certainty for Detroit, Colorado, NYR, Toronto and Philadelphia. It's for the other teams they're doing it. Second the owners can't get together to decide the players salaries at any time during the year because that's automatically called collusion. The only chance they have to decide the players salaries is when they negotiate a CBA. Last time they signed one they were irresponsible and agreed to a system that worked totally in the players favor. This time, they're trying to be responsible by putting in place a system that will put every teams on the same level. And getting cost certainty is the only way to make the owners responsible as a group. The only conclusion possible is that either Damphousse doesn't get it at all, or he's just saying it because it sounds good when he's quoted on TSN. Either way, he, Linden and co are misleading the players into a dead end. Then Damphousse also said that little gem : Bravo Vinny, so you were getting into this with absolutely no intention to get a deal done. The players are a bunch of babies with absolutely no guts. If they really were men, they'd get in this with the owners. They'd sign a deal that puts them into some kind of partnership with the owners. They'd assume the fact that the league is the 4th sport, they'd agree to get less than players in the other 3 big leagues. If the league became healthy again, they'd reap the rewards. But deep down inside, they know that the product they are putting on the ice ain't as attractive to the fans than the 3 others sports (I disagree but economically facts point to it). Each day that passes, makes it more essential for the owners to get what they want because each day that passes the pie is being eaten by the 3 other glutons (MLB, NFL and the NBA). Each day that passes, the owners have less and less money to pay the players what they want. They're fighting a losing battle, because even if the owners bend first, what will the players be left with ? A 20-24 teams league with even fewer money for the owners to throw around. The worst thing about this is that the players would all flock toward the hard capped WHA if it started next season. And that cap would be lower than what they NHL is offering. I was sure that the players would yield before the season was lost until now. They won't, and they're shooting themselves in the collective feet.