This goes to show you the NHLPA's supposed answer to this mess does not work. You know how we know this. They rejected it today. They rejected their own offer becasue they knew it would not put a drag on salaries. If they felt it would have worked why wouldn't they negotiate the terms it took to kick into the owners system. The player haven't been negotiating at any point in this process and today was just another example of it. Why does the nhl have to put forward proposal after proposal with nothing coming from the other side? Are these players that stupid to not see that this will bite them on the ass so bad at the NLRB hearings. Geez wake up the owners have come up from 53 to 53.2 to 54 to 55 % of revenue and at no point did the player come down from teh "guarenteed 56% they said their system would have the league's cost at. Teh owners even offered profit sharing. Geez how can you not see the train coming down the train track that will end your careers. If this lockout stretches into next year you have not only lost the 1.3 million the owners were offering but the 1.3 you would had if you had just tried to make the best deal. Look at is using the NHL average salaries. Lost 2004/2005 1.3 million lost 2005/2006 1.3 million ----------- geez thats $2.6 million dollars for each and every player times that by 700+players it is a whopping 1.8 BILLION dollars. Just to try save a couple of hundred thousand per player. The players would NEVER, NEVER, NEVER EVER hope to recover this money and all because they wanted to continue to be teh only team with out any form of salary drags in place. Given that the NBA and NFL are both more sucessful leagues and they have a Salary cap system in place i fail to understand how they players would give up $1.8 billion on an ideology that is flawed. You know why they won't accept a hybrid sytem where linkage comes in because they would risk actually having to provide enough entertainment to keep their salaries within the ranges they are now. They know they have pissed the fans off bad and they want to do everything in their power to make sure the backlash that is coming not affect their revenues. I guess tehy figure this is 100% the owners problem right? As Gary Bettman stated to day that the offer will only get worse in the future as owners revenues are hurt because of a continued lockout. The players have to be prepared to eat their portion of the cost to revenue that fan backlash will surely bring. If they are supposed the reason the hockey team smake money they have to understand that they are also the reason that owners will be losing money after this! I say trash the season and let the batages crawl back on their belly's. Make them beg to be employed to play a fricking game. I hope the average wage drops below a million in the end because these arrogant pigs don't deserve anywhere near that amount of money in the first place let alone anywhere near what they have been making. I hope you players are reading this and take note of the TSN poll where over 40% of people want the season cancelled. This is a Canadian poll you idiots! We are your bread basket of support and over 40% of us want you to rot in hell. Kinda puts you in your place doesn't it. To take it a step furhter the ESPN poll shows that over 75% of the American fans polled don't care what happens with hockey anymore. Geez you guys are really winning over the people here!