By fining the Red Wings the NHL sent a message to its other executives: Leave the talking to us.
Capitals center Mike Ribeiro believes the NHL and its players can find common ground, but not until a month or two of hockey is lost.
Longtime Caps fan Mike Ward believes diehards like him will return. But for the others, "out of sight, out of mind."
Former Capitals and Penguins goalie Brent Johnson says he's hoping the NHL lockout does not end his playing career.