NHL staff members at the league offices have been informed by commissioner Gary Bettman that they will be operating under a four-day work week with pay being cut by 20 percent beginning on Oct. 1, according to a report by Yahoo!'s Puck Daddy. The cuts are directly related to the lockout of the NHL Players Association, which began on Saturday night.
The decision was made in an attempt to avoid layoffs if the lockout lasts for an extended period of time. However, Bettman could not guarantee that staffing would remain unaffected if the lockout drags on, according to sources who attended the meeting.
During the last lockout, which began in September 2004, Bettman was forced to lay off half of the staff who worked in league offices in New York, Toronto and Montreal.
The commissioner and his deputy, Bill Daly, will not take salaries during the course of the lockout.