So is there a deal or not?
Count me among those who care. Though I think Bettman made a critical mistake in cancelling the season if indeed there was still the possibility of making a deal to save the season.
IMO, that announcement is going to create a situation where the league is going to have to approach fans as if the 2005 never happened even if it does happen. I'm guessing that triggered the severing reaction in a lot of people's minds.
It'll be interesting to see how many teams survive this. My guess is a lot of warmer weather teams are headed for the dustbin (can the Coyotes go back to Winnipeg?).