SUNRISE — The Panthers announced the layoffs of an unknown number of staff members Tuesday, the third full day of the NHL's lockout.
The Panthers are believed to be the second team to publicly announce layoffs since the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday and began the league's fourth work stoppage in 20 years.
The Senators have already had layoffs and full-time employees have been placed on a reduced work week.
"Due primarily to the NHL work stoppage, but also due to changes and efficiencies in our normal business operations, SSE and the Florida Panthers instituted a number of staff adjustments today including staff reductions," Panthers president and chief operating officer Michael Yormark wrote in a statement.
SSE refers to Sunrise Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns and operates the Panthers.
As of Tuesday, the team listed 149 employees on its staff directory across all platforms, including hockey operations, business operations, arena operations and at the team's training facility.
Jobs were reduced in multiple departments.
The league could announce the cancellation of preseason games this week, and it would appear that training camps are almost certainly not going to open on time.
Yet it's business as usual on some levels for Florida. The team still sold season- and single-game ticket packages, including ones for the planned opener Oct. 13 against the Lightning.
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