Posted: Tuesday September 18, 2012 2:07 PM

Panthers lay off employees, blame 'work stoppage'

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SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - The Florida Panthers have announced layoffs of some staff members, saying the moves are "primarily'' because of the NHL lockout.

Panthers President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark released a statement announcing what he called "staff adjustments'' on Tuesday, the lockout's third full day.

Yormark did not say how many jobs were involved. He cited the league's "work stoppage,'' avoiding the word lockout.

It's unclear if the people who were laid off would be brought back when the lockout ends. The Panthers did not immediately respond to a request for further comment.

The NHL locked out its players when the most recent collective bargaining agreement expired at 11:59 p.m. Saturday. It's the NHL's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years, the last of which wiped out an entire season.

 
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