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More lockout realities: Wild staffers take pay cut, shorter work week

Nov 27, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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The unfortunate part of the NHL lockout is how it affects those not playing hockey or owning teams.

Michael Russo of The Star-Tribune reports employees of the Minnesota Wild, 200 of them, will be taking a cut in pay and going to a four-day work week because of the now 73-day old lockout. On the upside, no one is losing their job and Wild COO Matt Majka had an interesting way of explaining the cuts.

“Our whole philosophy is we’re all in this together,” Majka said. “We want to keep the staff intact because we still think we can play hockey this year. That’s why we’re announcing no layoffs. It’s an all-for-one thing, and that’s why we’re going to do it this way with everyone feeling it a little bit.”

Working sure beats not working, especially these days, so that’s a good thing. Still, you can’t help but think how workers in Minnesota and at the NHL home offices, where they’ve undergone a similar slash in pay and work time, feel about having all of this happen because of something out of their control.

  1. matt8204 - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Just another reason to have contempt for the owners and players. They all make me sick.

  2. jaybertx - Nov 27, 2012 at 6:25 PM

    Everyone complains that the players and owners don’t consider the fans but you know what? We have a choice whether or not to continue supporting them and can move on. Other than frustration, life goes on. These people — and the businesses surrounding the various arenas — are the ones truly getting hurt by all of this nonsense.

  3. dhillca - Nov 27, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Merry Xmas
    Love bettman

  4. grillmarks - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM


  5. valoisvipers - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:26 PM

    These guys in Minny took the pay cut like men! Players are you paying attention?

    • exileondaytonstreet - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      Players and owners both should be paying attention.

  6. jernster21 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    At least they can pay those two 10 million dollar signing bonuses!!!!!!111111

  7. spicyjimbolaya - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    What exactly are these 200 people doing in a 5-day work week during the lockout? Sitting around counting paper clips collecting a full pay check?

  8. capsfan19 - Nov 27, 2012 at 8:46 PM

    Get it done already! The league needs to stop acting like sean avery….

    • valoisvipers - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      More like Charlie Sheen. LOSING

  9. withaconscience - Nov 28, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    At least Wild management treats their staff with respect. Which is more than can be said about some other teams.

  10. woodstakes - Nov 28, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    “Still, you can’t help but think how workers in Minnesota and at the NHL home offices, where they’ve undergone a similar slash in pay and work time…” Oh really… sure the peon’s are getting their time cut and pay reduced… but i’ll bet Mr. Bettman and Mr. Daly are getting their monthly checks! The #1 and #2 persons for the reason that this deal isn’t done right now, both are getting paid. Players.. Nope. Fehr brothers.. nope (last pay check was in July). Peon’s at NHL home office.. pay cut. Owners… Yup got a $200 Million TV contract to split up. Local bars, parking, restaurants, hotels, stadium employee’s.. nope! But as long as the richest of all the richest involved still get their paychecks… this thing is just fine with them!

    • valoisvipers - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:29 AM

      Wrong, Neither Bettmen nor Daly are drawing a salary.

      • valoisvipers - Nov 28, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        But none are heros as Bettmen,Daly and the Fehrs will all get paid in full after this is resolved and at the rate they get paid they sure can afford to wait for the check that will be in the mail.

  11. stroh5584 - Nov 28, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    What about the other 30-40 thousand part timers and fringe business around NHL arenas. Gonna be alittle scimpy this Xmas. Maybe the owners could start a slush fund for us.

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