If the owners want some form of a cap, cost certainty, partnership and are only willing to negotiate within this framework - what choice do the players really have. Sure they can play in Europe, they can hope that the WHA starts up again but in reality, sooner or later they will have to agree with what owners have said has to happen before the NHL is prepared to resume play. The owners can afford to play the waiting game or start up NHL II or start play next year with replacement players. I don't think that even the wealthy NHLPA can afford to start up a new league and even if they could - they couldn't afford todays players and neither could the WHA. So, players have a choice to make - They can sit at home for weeks, months, years and lose a boatload of potential income from their limited careers or they can swollow some humble pie and move forward with the owners in growing the game. Who konws - this work stoppage may turn out to be the best thing ever to have happened to the NHL. It's generated a ton of free publicity for them. IamCanadian - do you really want to hurt me? Do you really want to make me cry? We want hockey.