What would happen if all the players just started playing without a contract? What if they just started playing each other? Don’t you think someone would set up cameras to record that? And don’t you think advertisers would say ‘Hey! Let’s buy some ads here on these improvised hockey games!’ And don’t you think some people would see the ads and say ‘Hey! There’s money to be made here! I’m buying a team!’ And don’t you think the players would say ‘Thanks for buying us! Can we get paid?’ And don’t you think the owners would say ‘Why not? That makes sense.’
Bam. Lockout over.
PuckUpdate 1, Lockout 0.