What's important to note is that the NHLPA's ridiculous incompetence has led to the deadline being so close. The league couldn't have even attempted to begin lying framework for a deal with the PA until about January of this year because the NHLPA has been one giant political cluster**** of ridiculous proportions since the last lockout. They've had several different heads, constant political infighting, repeated selection of completely incompetent and unqualified individuals, and have just been more or less a joke of an organization for years. Until they wised up and hired Fehr, they couldn't have even had a discussion with the league because they didn't have anyone who was smart enough to even pick up the phone to call the league offices, much less be able to start collectively bargaining.
Yeah, the NHLPA was stupid to bring this so close to the season. They bluffed and the league called their bluff. NHLPA was betting on the league not risking another lock-out.
If the NHLPA was smart, they would have tried to get ahead of these thing and been the party that was pushing the negotiations and controlling the negotiations. Owners then might give up a lot to get the security of starting the season on time.
Instead, Betman is just slow playing the players because they have no where to go.
Since we made such a big splash in this off season, I can't see a lockout hurting the Wild as much as it might other teams who had a tough off season.
It is tough for me to understand what it is like to live in AZ for example where the ONLY hockey they have is the yotes and maybe a junior team or two. To me it would be like if the Lynx had a lockout (probably not a good analogy but just saying)