Ask almost any player and they will tell you they just want to play hockey and could careless about cap issues. Ask Bob Goodenow and he says a hard cap is a non starter. WHY? Why is he being sooooooo stubborn on this issue when it's obvious that 2/3'rds of all rinks are only half full and owners want some form of cost certainty and fans are speaking out against being overcharged for tickets and associated game costs. A hard cap seems like a logical way to save the game and keep costs down. Don't give me the free market system excuse because the NHL and all other pro sports are already operating under a non free market system governed by countless restrictions that both sides agree to in previous years when it suited them. Simple answer to me is = THE GAME OF HOCKEY, IT'S PLAYERS AND FANS ARE PAYING THE PRICE FOR BOB'S EGO.