Brad Richards thinks that the players will be able to put the hard feelings aside left over from the lockout when this dispute ends.
"I think the league is still something we're fortunate to have," Richards said. "The players, we have to get through this, like any negotiation, but once it gets done, you've got to be professional. You go out, you play for the logo and the city you're living in. All that other stuff has got to be put aside, and I'm sure it will be. I don't think there's a lot of trust, that's why there is no deal yet, but there's nothing you can do about that now. We're way past that." At the end of the day, regardless of how the players might feel about the owners, they would be shooting themselves in the foot to do anything but aggressively promote the NHL once this lockout ends. Assuming the new CBA ties the players' salaries into league revenues like the current one does - and unless the negotiations fundamentally change it will - any drop-off in fan interest following this lockout will impact the players bottom line in addition to the money they'll have already lost due to m