I blame both sides for the lack of progress on a new CBA BUT the owners need to present a proposal with all the issues address and the players need to respond to the deal. To date their has not been one proposal that addresses all the issues! The owners locked out the players the owners want a salary Cap which is a good starting point and the players need to counter offer what the owners want. Its all about give and take. It sounds like the owners are saying "its my way or the highway"! The players are paying union dues and the union represents them. The Salary Cap is a BIG issue but there are plenty of other issues to be resolved. It should be alot of give and take. Think about it Bettmanand the Owners are not looking to have a give and take session. If management on both sides wanted to get a new CBA done then they would work on a two to three year aggreement that will make changes that start with a higher CAP and lower salary Floor that be be adjusted each year to fine tune the changes over time that need to happen for the NHL to move forward. This way the players are giving into the CAP solution but at a measured pace. If the Cap starts at say $50M and moves down $5M a year, it gives both the owners and players a chance to see if the CAP works for both sides. The players will want a $25M floor to make sure that teams can afford to be part of a CAP friendy NHL. This is a WIN-WIN-WIN for both the Players, Owners and the Fans. The Players get to play Hockey and a salaly Floor, the owners get the CAP they want and the fans will get lower ticket prices because of the CAP! It should be this simple BUT both sides needs to set a short term goal that will lead to a Long Term solution!