Clearly, the lockout that began last weekend strains the wallets of more than just the owners and players. On Wednesday, the NHL announced that all staffers would be forced to take a 20 percent pay cut and transition to a four-day work week beginning October 1 due to the recent lockout.
This announcement is in response to the stalling talks between the two sides, who have not met officially since they traded proposals more than a week ago. Although NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and NHLPA special counsel Donny Fehr have talked repeatedly over the last few days, there are still multiple sticking points between the league and players union: including the players’ unwillingness to take a flat pay cut, and the owners’ desire to reduce player share of revenue.
Since the start of the lockout, numerous high profile players have signed both European and AHL contracts to reduce the fiscal impact of the lockout, further demonstrating the possibility that a new CBA could take months, not weeks, to iron out. Unfortunately for the NHL staffers, they have no such European option.
Also, check out the Blues’ Ownership Letter to Fans.