You really have to laugh at the players who rationalize that the deal wasnâ€™t that bad or that they couldnâ€™t have gotten this deal a year ago. The NHLâ€™s position from day 1 was that they wanted a salary cap based on 54% of league revenue. They wanted a rookie salary cap of $850K for years. Amazingly, that is hatâ€™s exactly what they got. They gave up exactly zip from their original bargaining position on major issues. They did bend on 2 issues. They wanted 75% for qualifying offers and the players wanted to keep it at 110%. The new deal comprises at 100%, somewhat in the players favor. The NHL also wanted to drastically changer arbitration or do away with it altogether. The new deal has a relatively small change in arbitration, so the players fought this off fairly well. The only tangible thing the players got was a lower free agent age. To sum up, the NHL got exactly what they wanted on all the key issues. Every single one. In return that bent a bit on qualifying offers and a lot on arbitration. What did the players get? Lowered free agency age. Thatâ€™s it This was the biggest massacre since the Little Big Horn. Any yet their a people, including players, who donâ€™t think that itâ€™s that bad. Amazing, simply amazing.