It occurred to me that agents stand to lose even more than the players do. With a cap system, reduced or eliminated arbitration, entry level restrictions etc. there will be less need for agents and alot less income with the reduced salaries that lie ahead. Agents must really be feeling the effects of this lockout with no money coming in and still having to maintain their offices, travel expenses, recruiting etc. Didn't it seem odd to any of you that the agents came out of their meeting with Bob a few weeks ago in total support of him and the NHLPA? What did Bob tell them - perhaps - "stick with me boys and we will ensure a market place system with high inflation and maximum commision OR you can turn on me and support the owners, hence, reducing the need for your services by our players and reduce your income as a result. Players also sounded the same after their meeting but Eagleson confirmed tonight that behind the scenes players often disagree but are coached to support each other in public and to the media. Remember how players were speaking up before the meeting saying they had no problem working under a cap? Bob's strategy to offer the 24% was inconsequential as Bob McCown said on Sportsnet tonight. Like Patrick Roy and other retired players with business experience have also said - Bob's offer was like putting a bandaid on a wound caused by a gunshot. Is Bob banking on owners capitulating here? It isn't going to happen. I now understand why agents are reluctant to get involved and help end this thing - they stand to lose more than any of the stakeholders. I don't count players making over 5 million taking a hit. I really can't feel sorry for them making $100,000 less per pay.