Sorry if this has been brought up time and time again, but maybe the NHLPA has some moral leverage on their side. The fans are under the illusion that the cap that the owners are asking for is the limit to what the owners will be asking for. If the owners get a 31 million dollar cap, the market will deflate, and accordingly, when this CBA expires, the owners will claim lost profits and demand a smaller cap, citing success of the early 90s when the most expensive team was around 14 million dollars, insinuating that wages somehow correlate to the quality of the games, and everyone will buy it. They'll just keep pushing for more. Is it too early to look this far into the future?