The oh so glorious figures of $1.8 million or $1.3 million are AVERAGES. Do we all understand what that means?? Illustration: Player A, (a sack of crap center who USED to be good in his first 2 seasons - but has steadily declined in his attitude, production and all around general skill level), signed a groovy contract his first year in the NHL for a salary of $4,500,000.00 per year for three years. Regardless of his usefullness to the team. The owners offered him the deal 2.5 years ago and he was thrilled to accept. Who wouldn't be? Player B, (a hard working forward who's been a suitcase in the league now for about 8 years - a good team guy with a good attitude although his skills aren't spectacular - he's still managed to actually average more points per season than Player A), has a one year contract for $750,000.00. Player C, (a Toddler at center in the league with loads of promise - knows things are changing in the NHL and there will be no $10 million dollar contracts in his future, for sure - but he wants to play and he's happy just being able to do that), just signed a contract over the summer for a whopping total of $375,000.00. So....we have Player A @ $4,500,000.00, Player B @ $750,000.00 and Player C @ $375,000.00. Bringing the grand total of salaries to $5,625,000.00. Now if you just read that total figure you may to think to yourself, 'WTF? Who do these people think they are making $5 million a year for a sport they love???' However, IF you looked at the entire scenario, you'd see that "those greedy players" aren't earning $5 million a year....in fact only ONE player is earning anything close to that. But, the AVERAGE salary of all THREE players is $1,875.000.00. And you may think to yourself, 'well hell, that's still more money than I'll make in my lifetime'. While that may be true, it's also COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. The fact of the matter is that Player B and Player C are NOT even close to the AVERAGE salary figure mark that the Bettman-ites are so hip to spew every chance they get. At which point most fans brains' seem to shut off completely, while they fail to consider exactly what that means...Because all they can see is the dollar sign $$$$$$$. And it appears that most of them are either incapable of seeing or simply refuse to see the bigger issues. My point: The NHLPA IS concerned about this. A SALARY CAP WILL NOT CHANGE THE ABOVE SCENARIO. IT WON'T FIX THE PROBLEM. A team could STILL sign Player A to some whopper of a deal @ $9,500,000.00. Even IF a team salary cap of $30 million were in place, that ONE player would suck up nearly a THIRD of the payroll. By creating a salary cap for a team of $30 or even $40 million, you're creating a situation in which owners could STILL pay ONE player an outrageous sum of money - legally - and stiff the rest of the players on the roster. HOW CAN YOU NOT UNDERSTAND WHY A SALARY CAP WON'T WORK??????? I hate the NHL right now. I hate the small percentage of players in the NHLPA who have sucked up money like it's going out of style, and refuse to see that THEY MAKE WAY TOO DAMN MUCH MONEY. I hate that we're not going to have hockey this season, maybe not for a long time... But, I gotta tell you, I'm starting to hate "the fans", even more. I hate that too many people won't even CONSIDER that there are two sides to the story here.