http://www.sportsprofilesplus.com/Magazine/WeeklyFeatures/NHL2.htm Found this on another site but thought it merited discussion here. Turnbull, former Maple Leaf and LA Kings defenseman, is the Secretary Treasurer and Alternate President of the Los Angeles Kings Alumni Association. Here's a fine quote from him: "As we speak, there's a lockout that has gone from bad to worse. Almost 100 years of hockey history potentially going down the drain. For the sake of the history of the game, you would think that the owners and players would be able to hash out a deal. This is not new ground; the issues have been festering for years. The owners cut a bad deal on the last CBA (collective bargaining agreement) and they allowed salaries to skyrocket, to a point where there is no financial viability. Their problem? You bet. But they lived up to the letter of that CBA and that agreement expired. New deal, time for the (players' union) to acknowledge that the pendulum has swung. I seriously doubt that there will be any current NHL players using food stamps at the grocery store line because the average salary dropped from $1.8 million to $1.4 million (a reduction proposed by the owners). They (the players) already sent a strong message: We'll go play in other leagues for a fraction of the money we could make in the NHL, but we won't play in the NHL for more money than we can get anywhere else. Go figure."