I just can't see a bunch of shrewd businessman who've made their fortunes in other various business ventures consider cancelling an NHL season, and cancelling the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 1908. This league is dead in most parts of the US, and if the season is cancelled, the NHL may never recover from losing even more exposure in the states. How many owners want to cancel the season? I'd be interested to know if the big revenue teams want the season cancelled. The US is a crucial, and imperative market for the NHL, right now, the NHL doesn't need a lengthy lockout or an extended labor dispute, what is needed, is a return to the game with adept new marketing strategies, and an attempt at a profitable television deal. Cancelling the season is a slap in the face to the fans, especially if the owners respond with a hard salary cap counter-proposal, and refuse to even negotiate what the players had proposed. I know the players offer was more directed at PR than anything else, although the league has to give something now as well. The players did make concessions, and that is a good thing to see, whether or not they were systemic are an issue, however in return for the players concessions, its the owners turn to concede a bit. Taking all of this into account, do you think the owners really have what it takes to cancel the season? What effect will cancelling the season have on yourself and fans in general? Will the game survive in the US if the season is cancelled?