As the NHL and NHLPA continue their standstill for labor peace, the players continue to find other means of playing the game they love.
Christian Ehrhoff is currently playing in Germany, Alex Ovechkin is in the KHL and even Ryan Miller said recently that he will have to consider playing somewhere else as the CBA for the NHL seems to be a long ways from being complete.
Then, there are the young guys who are still able to play in the AHL. Guys like Cody Hodgson and Marcus Foligno who have made themselves regulars in the NHL, but have to resort to the AHL while the labor dispute continues.
"I think everyone wants the NHL back on and get back to playing the game at the highest level," Hodgson said. "But right now (the AHL) is the highest level and I'm enjoying it and just being able to play is helpful."
While many NHL players may be eager to get back to playing at the highest level, they may have a longer wait than they had hoped. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced earlier this week that an 82-game season is most likely not going to happen. This announcement could mean that the sense of urgency, if there ever was any to get a deal done, could also be in jeopardy.
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