I'm not going to get into the many other points made here, only invite people to read the CBA thread. There are not only a lot of educated opinions and informative debate there, there are also many great articles from various news sources. Before calling out players for their opinions, fans should make sure theirs is informed enough to judge.
But, I just couldn't help but note a few things:
First and most importantly: The players' share IS their salaries AND also includes player benefits (as defined by the CBA, including for example, their pension). It is their share that is used to determine the cap and the escrow system ensures owners never pay players more than what turns out to be the players' share of actual HRR for that year. Last season, players got exactly 57% of HRR and not a penny more.
HRR is defined as some revenue minus some costs (both of which were defined in the last CBA). That means players do NOT get a cut of all revenue and owners do NOT pay for all costs out of their share since some are taken off the top before the rest is divided. In fact, we don't know how much owners actually get since they don't have to tell anyone. (It's a myth that teams are audited or have open books. They simply have to file HRR reporting forms akin to simple tax forms but with a lower threshold for proof.) Teams and the NHL as a whole only release HRR information. Even still, if you include the deductions for costs owners are allowed to take off the top, their share was as much as 5-6% higher under the last CBA.
Some would also say the unions are monopolies as they control the league and restrict owners from paying what they want for the players services.
Well, some would be entirely wrong. The CBA, tailored by owners for that very purpose, restricts what owners can pay. That was the entire purpose of the salary cap the owners demanded. It's also the purpose of the entry level contract, the 20% of upper cap limit for individual contracts, and many of the new concessions owners are demanding from players in the new CBA.