You have to take everything that is said publicly with a grain of salt, it's all posturing and/or trying to win PR.
I agree, thats why I am hesitant to get excited over the NHL supposed great new offer.
Luckily they were quick to realize most fans weren't taking sides and were just furious and confused at both sides silliness and now are actually getting down to business.
Actually thats not true. The NHL saw that this time around the fans were more on the side of the players, so they (the NHL) went out and hired a high priced spin-doctor to try to shift the PR "war" in their favor. This just happened a couple days ago.