The way Scott Hartnell sees it, the biggest difference between this (impending) lockout and the one that wiped out the 2004-05 season is simple:

The players' union is better than it's ever been.

"There's a lot more communication than there was during the last lockout. I remember not really hearing a thing and being uninformed," Hartnell told USA Today. "This time, every meeting we're getting calls from player reps, union heads…we're having conference calls.

"A lot of different guys are showing up to meetings and it's great to be apart of it. It's fun. It's interesting. You're going against some very powerful people that own multimillion-dollar companies and hockey teams."