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by George Malik on 09/19/12 at 10:46 AM ET
Excellent news from the Free Press's Helene St. James, especially given the number of NHL teams that are laying waste to their front offices: the Red Wings will continue to employ their entire front office and hockey operations staff:
John Hahn, senior director of communications, said this morning that they "don't have any plans to lay anyone off."
Al Sobotka, the team's well-known Zamboni master, "will do what he does during the off-season," Hahn said. "He'll find some building projects to do."
Many U.S.-based NHL teams have announced much the same. Canadian-based teams such as the Ottawa Senators and Winnipeg Jets have made changes to their staff, such as going to four-day work weeks.
NHL owners locked out players Sunday, the day after the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players' association expired.
The 2012-13 season hasn't yet been officially delayed, but when that happens, it will start cutting into the Wings' TV money. While teams still get the money from the national NBC contract, the Wings will not be paid by local broadcaster Fox Sports Net if there aren't any games to televise.
Ouch--as the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan reported this morning, that's a $20 million-a-season deal with Fox Sports Detroit...
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