i think there is a ton of truth to that. Like I said when discussing parts of this with Matt52 before. The owners built frankensteins because it was benificial for them (changed the rules to give the stars more freedom, this allowed for them to do great things, the league sold these great things, these great things became core to the financial strength of the league, the guys doing these great things are now at the core of the financial well being of the league.) Now they want to limit the cost of those frankensteins but continue to build them (and bet on them). Not an easy task.its the owners fault for making the players feel that way, the "if it wasnt for me, you have nothing" mentality.
I would LOVE to see the league change some rules back to how they used to be and start selling teams instead of players. Bring back the hand check, be tougher on refs especially when it comes to 'star calls' etc. It may seem a bit irrelevant to this debate itself, but in the long run it will take atleast some of the power away (or spread it around) from a smaller group of players by making them less important (not completely as the greats will always be great ofcourse).