There are alot of things that annoy me, and that I truely cannot understand from the point of view of the players and their supporters. Here are my top 5: 5) The argument that everything would be fine as long as owners and GMs stuck to their budget. The problem is that everyone could stick to a budget, but when New York and Toronto have a 60 million dollar budget its still going to be nearly impossible for Calgary or Edmonton to compete with a 35 million dollar budget. The NHL needs an even financial playing field, they don`t have that right now. 4) The argument that the owners locked the players out, so the NHLPA are trying to tell the public that they want to play and even offered to keep playing during negotiations. OF COURSE THEY WOULD WANT TO PLAY!! They would be playing under the old system, nothing would change, there would still be the same problems that triggered this lockout. If the owners were to allow them to play during negotiations then what motivation would they have for trying to resolve this anytime soon? Absolutely none as long as they`re continuing to rake in their obsene contracts. 3) The NHLPA`s latest offer They are trying to get the public to believe that this offer is workable and that they are negotiating in good faith, yet under their plan many teams would still lose money, some of them quite a bit. Not only was it a brutal offer, and a step back from their previous one, but they wouldn`t even guarentee that it would work as they say it will. It is pretty obvious that they know it won`t work. 2) This idea that the NHLPA are being so much more flexible than the owners. Are the NHLPA making some concessions from the previous CBA? Absolutely they are. Is it anywhere near enough? Not even close. The NHL are being no more stubborn for insisting on a cap than the NHLPA are for insisting on no cap. The players continuously say that the owners won`t budge from their salary cap, when they won`t budge from their no salary cap. 1) The NHLPA refuting the numbers of the NHL. Its not that the union does not agree with the numbers provided by the NHL and the Levitt report, but the fact that they do so without making any effort whatsoever to find their own numbers. Two things annoy me on this topic: a) That the NHLPA declined to meet with Arthur Levitt to even discuss how he got these numbers. Instead they just reject them outright. b) That the NHLPA has consistently refused to hire their own auditor to audit the NHL`s books, again, much prefferring to simply reject their numbers outright. I think it is pretty obvious that the NHLPA really doesn`t want to know the real numbers.