I mean, it's preposterous, no owner would ever give an employee a raise or match an offer that that employee got from another company because skilled labor is just so easy to find and replace. speaking of easy, if it was so easy, why haven't the owners just hired replacement players? And why aren't fans clamoring for replacement players instead of the greedy ones who are part of the NHLPA. Hell, why doesn't the NHL just have open tryouts for anyone who wants to play. That way we could all have a chance to fulfill our childhood dreams and the NHL could save a crap load of money on player salaries. Especially since most of us say we would play for free. We could all play for free and then it would be all profit for the owners and the NHL would survive free of any problems for ever.