But I get Jack's point though. It's also hard to figure out why the owners are saying their cannot afford continuing like they have been doing yet they offered these big contracts to certain guys. What Suter and Parise got was ridiculous.
I can't speak for the intentions of the owners (and frankly, neither can anyone else) but another perspective is that the owners need to be competitive and some owners chose to work under the existing CBA at the time in order to lock up in demand free agents that is expected to be a huge asset for his team, their competitiveness and overall, a competitive team will increase revenue.
Taking the Wild for example, it's possible that instead of taking chances and stepping back so that some other GM could potentially swoop in and take the guy you want, you make your move to get the deal done.
As for Jack's comments, he takes it entirely too personal. That's great for him that he negotiated his own contract - how many player actually do this? Does he think he's so special that the owners at the round table meeting have to put their hand up and say 'we can't ask for that percentage because that Jack Johnson is a good kid that negotiated his own contract without a vulture for an agent trying to twist our arms for money'?