Nobody has any right to be mad at the NHLPA. Fact of the matter is that back in '94, it was Bettman and the owners who decided to lock the players out. It was Bettman and the owners who stated that the salaries and the state of the game were getting out of hand. It was Bettman and the owners who decided that there needed to be a revolutionary change to the way salaries are doled out. It was also Bettman and his negotiating committe that stated that if the last proposal the owners brought forward wasn't accepted, then the season would be lost. The NHLPA never strong armed any owner into ratifying that agreement signed in '94-'95. The way the previous agreement was designed, it was designed to drag things and make things work with regards to keeping salaries in line. However, the New York Rangers blew it for every other team in the league with regards to that agreement. It was the New York Rangers who decided to go spend happy and blow things through the roof. It was the New York Rangers who showed to the rest of the players, agents, and NHLPA how the agreement could be circumvented and how players could extract millions upon millions upon millions of dollars from owners. If you want to start point fingers, start pointing them at teams like the New York Rangers who blew it for everyone else. The NHLPA did nothing wrong. They took advantage of the situation that they were presented. Now, the owners are crying foul and want a salary cap? Why should the idiots who blew the agreement in the first be rewarded for their own stupidity. The players union owes the league nothing. That's the truth of the matter. Luxury Taxes do work and the league can be successful. Let's start laying blame where it should be laid. At the commissioner's feet. The man who has expanded hockey into regions where it will never be successful and will always lose money for owners. The man who failed to negotiate lucrative network deals at a time when hockey was at it's highest interest in the U.S. (the NYR cup run of 1994 and the 2002 Olympics). The man who doesn't use his resources available to him to get this lock out ended.....their names are Gretzky and Lemieux. The man is a complete moron. Blame Bettman for the mess, not the NHLPA.