Before some of you go spouting off that I'm repeating myself please hear me out. I think it's time for forward thinking people to stand up and be counted. The time for blame has long passed and the time for solutions is now. If your not part of the solution then your part of the problem. Today the players can salvage a more than reasonable 54% of agreed upon revenues which are obviously subject to 2 way scrutiny the same way it's done in the NFL and NBA. Today the players can salvage average salaries over 1.3 million. Today the players can win the PR war, regain the respect of the fans, they can take the high road, they can think of the fans, they can think of the employees and business operations that count on NHL games being played Today the players can get major concessions for agreeing to cost certainty. Today the players can continue to be treated like stars, stay in 5 star hotels, eat the best food money can buy, own a home, a cottage, a couple of cars, an SUV and a boat or two OR They can continue to spin their wheels on an uphill icy slope while they count lost player revenues, watch as the value and popularity of the NHL drops to the lowest levels in the history of the game and watch as they alienate fans from ever wanting to pay to see this breed of player ever play the game again. The stand for what some players say is for principal is admirable except that most of us normal people believe it's only about greed, ego, pride and money. Wars have been won and lost over principle and one thing is guaranteed after a war; the landscape is always drastically changed and players might be wise to dance with the devil they know vs. the devil they don't. Be careful what you hope for. The situation can only get worse for players. Fans can always find new entertainment options, hockey options and many of us would continue to support an NHL with a new breed of players. Players that are grateful for what they have - players that truly appreciate us the fans, players that understand that the tail doesn't wag the dog.