I've said it before and I've said it again. MUTHA FUCK GARY BETTMAN! Hockey doesn't won't ever be as popular as basketball in the United States, for a lot of different reasons. Personally, I didn't play ice hockey when I was little, primarily because it was so expensive to start up. But I LOVED listening to the Jets on the radio, and watching games at the arena, it was great. I remember when Wayne Gretzky himself talked about the Jets while he was in Edmonton and saying that whenever the Oilers met the Jets in the quarter finals, both teams knew that whichever team won that series would win the Stanley Cup. Then the players wanted more money in the 90s, and the team moved down to Phoenix. Quebec was still pissed off that the Nords went to Denver, and soon teams all over the US were popping up out of nowhere. Like, who gives a shit about hockey in fuckin' Nashville? Seriously? Atlanta, Columbus, even Dallas and Tampa Bay? Places that don't have cold enough weather to make backyard hockey rinks don't give a shit about hockey.
Anyways, as for the Players, they should remember what its all about, and start thinking about just wanting to play. Funny how everyone talks just about Bob Goodenow, but I wonder what some of the players really think, but are afraid to say it from fear of being looked at like an outcast by their fellow players.
Just take a fucking cap like the NFL has, this will even out the talent so that the game itself gets better. Take some of the shittier, no-attendance-for-opening-day teams out of the bayous of the south and bring them up to where hockey champions are actually born. Bring hockey back to where it will flourish on a moderate level, instead of fail on a grand level.