How can the New Jersey Devils be allowed to sign players to minor league contracts and not be penalized? This is why the NHL is so unique when it is compared to the other pro sports: it's full of hypocritical shenanigans. Hmmm, owners exploiting a system that were already getting screwed on; a rich history of SOB's that includes the likes of Ziegler and Eagleson; a player's union that has player's playing in other leagues instead of trying to worry about their situation according to the NHL; owners with the knowledge they are heading to a lock out still signing players to big salaries; owners with the knowledge they are heading to a lock out still signing very old players to big salaries; owners being allowed to strengthen organization depth by signing NHL-calibur veterans to minor league contracts. Why am I to expect this lockout to end soon? Why am I expect the Carolina Hurricanes to ever skate in Raleigh again? Why am I expect for a league to still be named the "National Hockey League" when this is all done? I'm sick and tired of sports altogether. I swear I'm very close to closing all sports out of my life. All I want is a little distraction from life, but all I get to hear about is "steriods" or "spouse abuse" or "DUI's" or "arbitration" or "lockouts" instead of hearing about "wicked curveballs" or "wicked slapshots". I'm really, really sick of it.