As the NHL Lockout enters it’s first week, teams have already taken measures to reduce costs without the revenue of games to fall back on. Naturally, it could be pointed out that they wouldn’t have these problems if they weren’t locking out players, but the irony likely doesn’t make Ottawa Senator or Florida Panther employees feel much better.
The Senators were the first to cut staffing. The Senators won’t say how many people they have laid off, but even those full time employees that are continuing to draw a paycheck in Ottawa are now working 4 day weeks. According to the Globe and Mail, the Senators have a staff of 170.
In Florida, the layoffs took a personal turn. One Stanley C. Panther was let go by the team. In case you couldn’t tell, Stanley was the team’s mascot. Without a team on the ice, the mascot doesn’t serve a whole lot of purpose. It seems like there should be a good job market for a jungle cat who can skate, so we wish Stanley the best of luck in his career endeavors.