Like every group of professional athletes across the National Hockey League, Philadelphia Flyers' players are wondering what their next move should be. With no end to the lockout in sight, it can't be easy trying to decide how long to wait until making some type of temporary career move.
It's good that the League and the Players' Association had three days of negotiations in New York over the weekend. Apparently, secondary issues were mostly discussed. So until the main money divide is reconciled, NHL hockey won't be seen anytime soon.
Time and space
Generally, time and space are terms that refer to awareness and learned use of in-the-moment strategy during games. Due to the lockout, those terms currently mean how much time players are allowing to pass before they decide whether to make their move to a European League.
The Limbo-like state the game is in has already caused the preseason slate to be canceled. Everyone will survive that. But, the loss of any regular season games is sure to create emptiness and a growing level of resentment among every NHL fan base.
It's easy to assume that hardcore loyalists will come running back to the arenas when the lockout ends. If so, what percentage of them will do so and how quickly will that happen? Will past return-attendance numbers be applicable in these modern economic times?
Playing hockey games
A growing list of Flyers, with forward Matt Read being the most recent one, are opting to play overseas until an official end to this situation takes place.
Making alternative work plans is something that many people do during the course of their lives, sometimes by forced choice. Of course, the type of options that are available to those with specialized skills are different than ones that are accessible to the average 'Hockey Joe'. But, the uncertainty that is felt by everyone during these moments must be somewhat similar.
Many have taken a stand with, or in some cases against, the players. I haven't and won't. Personal experience with time and space allow me to know that a money dispute involving other individuals is not my game to play.
Sean O'Brien is based in the Philadelphia region. He was a freelance sports writer for five years in the 1990s and is currently a Featured Contributor for Yahoo! You can follow him on Twitter @SeanyOB and also read his daily Sports Blog: Insight.
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