Assuming that the cap is such a good way to handle things, why can't we make it fair? The cap on the payroll from the top makes the owners job easier. How about having a cap from the bottom as well? And treat deviations from the cap in the same manner. For example, lets suppose that 35mil is an acceptable league-wide average payroll. Then put the hard cap at 40mil, and also put a hard cap at 30mil. Tax the payrolls above 35 to go the NHL(luxury tax), and tax the payrolls below 35 in the same way to go the NHLPA(tightwad tax). Want to expand the brackets? Fine. Expand them equally. Want a harsher penalty? Fine. Have it harsher, but the same for both deviations. Why should only owners have an easy time negotiating?