At first I thought it would be 6 months, then a year, and now I think 18 months just means 24. Ironic avatar, eh? I don't expect the NHLPA to give up because, well that's another issue; and the owners are dead set on a $31 million USD salary cap. The sad part is missing watching talented players play the game. The saddest part is watching full-time employees lose their jobs over this.