Just speculating...nothing more, nothing less. One has to think that if the NHL wanted to get control back with the escalating salaries then one simply just waits until some of the larger salaried players are too old to play...or have their contracts expire. And in effect, that has happened due to this loss of the 04/05 season. Lots of contracts expired and many of the big money earners will probably retire now or have become UFA. Add to that the 24% rollback the players offered (if it is still on the table remains to be seen) and what you get is a clear, clear win for the NHL; from THEIR standpoint. Plus they got the players to offer a salary cap. How can this not be seen as a victory for the NHL???