I don't have a link for it (yet) but apparently Gretzky has been quoted as saying even though he won't like doing it, he'll put scabs on the ice next season (not his exact words).
"My honest opinion is I don't like it," Gretzky said. "They're not the Sundins or the Leetches of the world. This is replacement players, and it is what it is. The commissioner has to do what he thinks is best to get the game back on the map and get it going. We're only one of 30 teams, we'll follow suit."
Anyone else think maybe the players really ought to wake up now from their little fantasy world?
Yes. Right or wrongs aside, at this point I agree with you Brent - the players lost.
If they don't cave at this point, they are going to lose their jobs to scabs next year. Hockey will be a visibly shakier game, but fans don't tend to support "greedy players" any more than they like supporting "greedy owners", it's just that "greedy owners" can get the game going again with scabs and the game is what the fans really want.
The players at this point can't give the fans anything... unless you get European League games on satellite TV.
Back to my regularily scheduled NHL nap...