You have ranting from the media http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_y...wNlY2w-?slug=dw-nhl021405&prov=yhoo&type=lgns Bob Mckenzie suggested that Bettman HAS win to save his job. Whats is exactly the Plan B anyway. A leagle solution thats hardly a easy battle, even if that succeds you going to sell the NHL with bad quality players, Huh? the NHL couldn't sell the public with the worlds best! Lets face it the NHL lost, its lost 'casual fan' years ago, it is losing 'Hard core sports fan' right now, only the small amount of die hards are left. Players can play elsewhere, the goodones anyway, and make a small amount but how long can the NHL really expect the NHLPA to cave. I see talks stall in sept 05, rublings from the 30 teams begin to start, then by the next crucial deadline Jan 06 maybe the Board give Bettman the Ax, players cheer and accept a Cap Without linkage. Feb 2006 right after the superbowl we see the new NHL release 2.0.