Article The NHL will assess this deal and come to the same conclusion--"It means either a terrible weakness on the part of the union and its members or terrible foolishness," said the 87-year-old Miller. "It's nothing in between.". The weakness of the PA's position has been laid bare for all to see. The owners will come back with a cost-certainty deal and a small olive branch to let the union save face, but the writing is on the wall--the union is on their way to a massive and crushing loss. Whether it takes place now or in 8-12 months is entirely up to the PA.