I would like to remind the NHLPA and all the pro-NHLPA posters that, When it was clear the the NHL was in trouble, some 3 years ago or so the NHL wanted to reopen the CBA to make very nessassary adjustments. WHat was the NHLPA response ? NO WAY ! You signed it you live with it, why should we give up our position of advantage and help stop the inflation, we are making a killing and this is good for our players. The NHL had to swallow and take it and continue to lose money. With the CBA in place the only other way to address the losses was to wait it out and play hard ball at the next negotiations. So guess what !! THe NHL is now playing hard ball also and they have NOT FORGOTTEN the the NHLPA hard ball stance for the last 3 or so years. If the NHLPA had started to renegotiate the old cba to help the league out all this might just have been averted. So now its an US against THEM atmosphere and the NHL will press hard for it's side, and then live with the new CBA and I might add will not renegotiate upwards if the revenue grows. The NHL offered a linkage to share the downwards risk and the upwards gains but again the NHLPA only wants the upwards gains but NONE OF THE DOWNWARDS RISK. The NHL will not fold. It will come back at some time and a new CBA will be adopted. The longer it takes the lower the CBA gets. What I am afraid of is that by the time the players a forced to sign, the NHLPA will have lost almost all leverage for the next 2-3 CBA'S or perhaps 15 years. Although the fans are blaiming both sides, the players are being targeted most. The NHLPA is gambeling with the future earnings of players not even in the NHL yet. In other words, screw the next set of 700 players, we still want the maximum we get before before our ( current 700 ) players retire. It's the biggest gamble in the history of sport. Any thoughts out there ?