Also, the contracts they signed like every contract that is signed is conditional on the CBA agreement, the players know this, the owners know this. When you sign a contract on last years CBA, it will change with the new CBA. For the players to come out and say "ohh you signed me to this or that and now you won't pay" well that's a crock, they know that their contract depends on the workings of the CBA whether they signed it last year or next year it still works under the existing CBA deal. The deals that were made were front loaded with signing bonus' and now the players are pretending that they thought they'd get every cent and there'd be no lockout, come on!! Also if league revenue goes up then their contract actually gets bigger each year, I didn't hear them complain when they got extra money on their contracts so why complain now when it fluctuates downward.
I originally came out as being pissed at the owners too but now I'm seeing the PA's true stripes as well and I blame them equally They are now the ones who want this to continue, and really they were the ones who didn't want to start negotiations until later in the year to begin with. It's time for these two groups to do the right thing and get the season going. Having said that I'm not spending a cent on them when they do start. I'll watch games when they are on cable but I'm not buying center ice, tickets to games or merchandise. I suggest everyone do the same, because both sides are banking on the idea that we're like sheep and we'll come back when they start. Hit them where it hurts and make it so this doesn't happen again in 4 years. Bettman was cocky early and said the fans came back last time and they will again and this is why we are where we are at. They are actually fighting over projected INCREASES in revenue!!! They are so confident we'll come back that they are projecting 5-7 % increase in revenue.
Reduce their revenue for a year or two and see if they want to enter another lockout down the road. Send a message to all involved that we might be back but we aren't spending like we used to. If they took a 10% decrease in revenue they'd be less likely to want a lockout next time. Personally the money I spent on NHL related stuff has gone into QMJHL this year. Everyone should do the same, spend it somewhere else and see if they are so cocky.