The article is fairly interesting, but the comments even more so. The fanbase appears to be still very much divided. There are some (like me, I guess) who think Fehr may have won the battle but at the cost of the players now being exposed for being "greedy, spoiled, self entitled prima donnas". Others are still on the Bettman hate wagon (which does not, necessarily, mean they are on the players' side, by the way), saying how he's finally decided to act like an adult, opening the way to some real communication and negotiation.
I can't really disagree with either side, but both were childish in their own way. Both of them lost their employers hundreds of millions of dollars that will never be recovered. The owners don't have a 5-year average career, so most of them will be around for the recovery. They still could have settled this a lot sooner, of course, and Bettman is partly to blame, but the league will eventually recover and the owners will still be there to share in the expansion fees. The players, well, in two years' time I'd be a third of them will no-longer be in the NHL. Maybe even more. Regardless of where the cap is, 50/50 will bring their salaries way down. There won't be any escrow checks next October (or the amount will be much smaller than what was put into escrow initially).