It shouldnÂ´t come as a suprise to anyone when Bettman comes back to the table with a hardcap offer. Bettman is selling the idea to the owners that he will be able to break the union and save everyone a load of money. To the fans and media he is selling the idea that he will create a even balanced competetive market and give teams like Edmonton and Ottawa a chance to compete. I donÂ´t for a second belive that Bettman will be able to pull this of. Its gooing to take atleast 12 month before a replacement league is up and running. If its even possible to start one Â´cause it will take atleast 600 players to get gooing. I am telling you that a replacement league in the USA is gooing to have a helluva lot harder to survive then the NHL would have with the NHLPAÂ´s offer. Bettmans proposal isnÂ´t about surviving and grow, its about making money. Hockey is the most entertaining sport in the world when you see it live, in a full arena and the best players in the world on the ice. However if you watch a team made out of 50% ECHLers with 1500 people in the stands, in a arena that takes 20.000 you are never gooing to come back, and I doubt you would be willing to spend even 10$ on it in the first place. What I canÂ´t understand is how little the media in Canada is discussing how this will affect the game of hockey. I havenÂ´t seen one article on TSN or Canoe on this subject. Its very possible that the market in the USA wonÂ´t be able to take a 24 month without hockey hit. The only reason I can come up with is that the teams in Canada always will have it fans, so they donÂ´t care about the game of hockey.