I think the concession was, at the least, a hopeful sign... Though now this bitchslap to the NHLPA of getting concessions they asked for then cancelling the season anyway may bite them in the ass in future negotiations.
How this'll effect teams, I don't know, but I think even in the $40 millions was SOMETHING good to think about. Without knowing the rest of the contract's stipulations, it is tough to say how "good" that would've/could've been for "small market" teams. I dunno. It was something though...
I'm not surprised at any of this. I bitched up a storm to my gf on the phone about it. It was completely asinine, and even if they'd come to an agreement I think Bettman and Goodenow both need taken to a field and beat about the head severely with hockey sticks by fans. They're both the incredible jerkoffs they've made themselves out to be throughout this.
Pittsburgh fans (being interviewed on the street) seemed unanymous in that the NHL needs an overhaul beyond a cap... Most compared it directly to Baseball, and how that can't seem to get its **** together either. I agree... Short of the television coverage, but I agree.
I think a completely straightened around NHL could really take off. That won't happen till Bettman's forced out though, and even then his replacement's gonna have to be someone OTHER than one of his cronies.
Oh well, I sit and wait now for the NFL to come back in season I guess. I hate Baseball with a passion... NASCAR's ok, but not something I'm intense about like Hockey or Football. Minor league games may be on TV more though so I'll watch for those I guess...
Otherwise I just hope for warmer weather and to survive the year.
Oh yeah, there's always Star Wars to entertain me I suppose.... *sigh*