Couple other things from this thread....
1) Crosby in theory could pay through the nose for insurance on his NHL contract so if he were injured playing in the KHL, he would be covered salary wise. The problem for him is that any sort of insurance policy would probably not cover a concussion related injury. He'd also probably want to take out insurance on this year's contract plus his 12 year $104 mil new contract that kicks in in 2013. That's not going to be cheap to insure. To me, the idea of a career ending injury in the KHL this year and the fact the Penguins could suspend him for getting hurt overseas makes it too risky for him to play, even if he does get insurance. He'd still lose out on all the endorsement income he could potentially make over his career. I could just see some KHL scrubs totally trying to target Crosby.
2) As fans, we might get indignant over lockouts or strikes but the fans are never going to be a priority for either side everyone needs to accept it. Owners know exactly what they can charge that people will still pay and that's what they're going to charge. You might see things like concession/merchandise specials when the game comes back, but there's never going to be a long term roll back on prices on tickets, food, or merchandise. Owners care about their profits and players are looking out for themselves.
Here's a couple of tweets from everyone's favorite, Paul Bissonnette, in case they were missed.
Fans. The players understand your frustration. But at the end of the day we are fighting for our futures, not yours. That's the reality.https://twitter.com/BizNasty2point0And I would take a pay cut if owners would lower ticket prices for all the loyal fans like you. But they won't.
I call BS on the 2nd one. No person in their right mind would voluntarily take a reduction in their salary as a player if it meant lower ticket prices. Most of these guys are not set up to have a post-playing career that pays a lucrative salary. They're not going to lower their income, especially a 4th line goon that isn't paid much compared to other players in the league, for the fans.
3) Saw this on Puck Daddy....the lockout drinking game. A shot for every time you hear a player say something along like, "We just want to play."