Was just thinking today of some of the ludicrous contracts players have gotten over the last few years and was thinking-I wonder if the NHL knew that eventually the way things were going there would be major financial problems so maybe they sped up the process intentionally? For what reason? Is it possible they themselves esculated salaries at a alarming rate knowing full well that for the new CBA the NHLPA would have almost no other recourse then to cave into their demands or a impasse could be reached with next to no problem and they'd get their collective way sooner rather then later? It's interesting to note also that the owners have been saving up a "warchest" for years now. I'm not coming out with any facts here-just thinking if others think maybe the NHL intentionally screwed itself up real bad in order to get their way sooner rather then later? Is it possible the Rangers GM called up Sinden and said "Get this-I just signed Holik for $9 million!! That's got to be the worst deal yet-even worse then the Yashin contract. I'll probably get a raise for this. <laughs long and hard>" I know this much-When the NHL presents its case in court...How is any judge going to deny them a impasse for the way players salaries have skyrocketed? Maybe its a coincidence. Who knows?