That's precisely what they are doing, and I concur.
Just as Dreger said, it will only happen if talks go sour, and if they go sour at this point, the season (if not the league) is over.
Maybe Chris Christie can come out and SLAM Fehr and Bettman like he did Boehner.
Been there. Done that.
"It's funny. It's another one of these typical fights between billionaires and millionaires that can't figure out how to divide the money up, and you've got to wonder about the leadership of the National Hockey League," said Christie, via the Bergen Record. "This is the third time this has happened in recent memory. You know, that's bad management." [Bergen Record]
One of the many remaining issues between the two sides starts with the proposed $60 million salary cap ceiling in the second year of the CBA. The players are looking to raise that number up a bit in the range of $64-$65 million. It was also believed that the union was seeking a cap on escrow, but that doesn't appear to the case anymore as it's not been formally proposed. Finally you have the player pensions, which were said to be agreed upon in the past, but with some recent tweaks by the NHL that is no longer the case.