This may really sound stupid, and it just might be, because I don't know much about bankruptcies, impasses in negociations, difference between laws that apply to an union or a syndicate... but I'd like to know what keeps the owners from just starting over ? To write their own CBA, invite scabs to play in their league ? After all the NHLPA ain't a syndicate, it's an union. They aren't forced to come to terms with these guys. It's their business and since there's no syndicate, they can do whatever they want with it no ? Just like one McDonald in QuÃ©bec closed door only to start somewhere else after their employees decided they wanted a syndicate. Sure that would mean the players would go on strike, but then scabs could be brought in. What are the owners waiting for ? And if we assume that they could and would do that, would they be able to keep the Stanley Cup and NHL franchises trademarks ? Just questions I have never found the answer to. Sorry if this is general knowledge.