Give the players their average salary of $1,800,000 as they had in the previous NHL season. The catch would be that NHL roster sizes would be reduced to 18(10 forwards 2 goalies and 6 defence) Guy has my back on roster size reduction. 18 X $1.8M = $32.4M rounded up to $33M $33M X 30 teams = a maximum player salaries of $990,000,000(compared to last years $1,332,000,000) for a minium difference of $342,000,000. Granted that there would only be 18 X 30 players = 540 to the 700ish NHL players in the 03-04 season. Take away the bottom 160+ players(in terms of skating ability and skill = Goon) from last season and the overall quality of the game should dramatically increase. Some of you might be saying how cold it is to suggest 160+ players get axed for the betterment of the NHL. Chris Chelios has stated that if teams can not make it move or fold, I am just reinstating his own point by folding the equivalent of 6 teams. Older questionable players might be forced into early retirement with the younger players fighting for a spot on an 18 man roster(that is not even including a teams unsigned/draft choices). Rookies will not be a fiscal drain on their draft teams if the $850K rookie salary cap is implemented in the next CBA. $33,000,000 - $850,000 = $32,510,000 for 17 players = $1.9M average. For each rookie signed that leaves more money to spend on the veteran players. Even with the defusion of the Goon type players some little changes should be made to help the game open up. Reducing/streamlining goalie equipment and taking out the centre line would have noticeable results that would not effect the integrity of the game(unlike the goal changes that we have all seen) Put a better product on the ice that has some flow and hockey might fully catch on south of the boarder.