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Hawks’ front office won’t suffer layoffs

Updated: October 20, 2012 6:24AM



The list of NHL teams laying off employees because of the lockout has grown, but members of the Blackhawks’ front office received some good news.

Hawks owner Rocky Wirtz informed team president John McDonough that there will be no layoffs or cuts in the foreseeable future.

“Status quo for the foreseeable future,” a spokesman for Wirtz said in an email. “No layoffs, no cuts, no furloughs.”

The same can’t be said for other teams.

The Florida Panthers, for instance, announced “staff adjustments” and “staff reductions” Tuesday.

According to the Miami Herald, that meant laying off several employees, including the person behind the Panthers’ mascot, Stanley C. Panther.

The Ottawa Senators and Calgary Flames are among organizations that have reportedly laid off employees or instituted salary-cutting plans.

The Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, on the other hand, have said no layoffs are forthcoming.

Hawks staff members have been told to proceed with “a business-as-usual approach.” The only change, sources said, is a temporary hiring freeze.

On the third day of the NHL’s third lockout since 1994, there were no formal talks between the NHL Players’ Association and the league.



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