Take a look at the fan responses to these comments from Bryan McCabe http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=109041&hubName=nhl I read the 1st 20 or so responses, and only one was in support of the players. The majority were overwhelmingly critical. This didn't seem to be the case just a couple of months ago where you would see a lot more vocal player support. The players have lost the hearts and minds of the fans in the PR war, no doubt about it. They need to come to the table and hammer something out. Can anyone envision a scenario where the players will get a better deal by not negotiating now and saving the season? How on earth can it benefit the players to miss an entire year of salary? I just don't understand how much better of a long term deal they think they are going to get that would justify losing that much money in one year... For instance, I make 5 million a season. I could negotiate a deal now that would pay me 3.5 million a season, or, we can do nothing and I can miss out on 5 million this year. Let's say that later a deal with the league is worked out next year and I get to make 4 million. I just lost 5 million dollars in order to make an extra 500k per season. In what world will that ever work out to my benefit? These guys need to understand that salaries of 9 and 10 million dollars/season are not going to happen again for a long time, unless the league gets a lot more financially healthy. The owners are united, and it's clear now that they are not going to cave in. The players are going to have to come back and play for less money if they want to play hockey for a living, period. The longer they wait the more they lose. It just doesn't make any sense.