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That’s a different reality for players, who Chimera conceded have enjoyed simple luxuries such as having their sweaty clothes washed and skates sharpened when in town for informal workouts.

A different reality comes Oct. 11 if there are paychecks missed. There’s still time, though no one knows how these negotiations will change Sunday morning and beyond.

At that point, a major deadline will have been blown and the players would be on the outside of the NHL looking in for the first time since 2004-05 when the season was canceled.

No one wants that outcome this time, which is why Fehr called a lockout “a choice that ought to be reconsidered.” Players agree.

“We want to play hockey,” Hendricks said. “We know it’s a business, and we know we have to watch out for ourselves, especially at these times. But it’s a game that we love playing, we’ve been playing our whole lives. We want to get out, we want to play games, but at the same time not at the expense I think as the last go-round.”