To the players, the NHL lockout has become more about principle than about percentages.
It’s about owners honoring the contracts under which the players agreed to play.
Nicklas Backstrom’s first choice was to play for the Capitals this season.
His second choice was to play for his hometown team in Brynas of the Swedish Elite League.
The Capitals Lockout Gang started at about a dozen strong back on Sept. 17.
When the NHL released to the media full details of its 50-50 proposal to save an 82-game season, there was more to it than simply setting the record straight.