The Washington Times - September 18, 2012, 02:11PM

An NHL work stoppage can hurt the little people, team employees and the like, much more than the owners and players fighting over a new collective bargaining agreement.

But the Washington Capitals won’t be laying off employees or making staff members take pay cuts during the lockout, a spokesman for Monumental Sports & Entertainment said in an email response Tuesday.


According to a staff directory on the Caps’ website, the team employs 124 people, though that includes television and radio rights-holders. The team also works closely with Monumental Sports, so it’s hard to come up with an official number of Caps employees.

That list includes 15 employees in hockey operations, 18 in scouting, seven in medical, three in training, six in business operations, 14 in marketing, seven in communications, four in finance, 12 in sales, 16 in corporate partnerships, five in ticket operations, 10 in guest services and seven in broadcasting.

On Tuesday, the Florida Panthers announced an unknown number of layoffs and said pay reductions could also occur for those who keep their jobs. The Panthers said the NHL lockout was the primary reason for the cuts.

Other teams could also follow suit, especially if the lockout drags on.

According to reports, the Winnipeg Jets, Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins have also said they will not lay off employees on account of the lockout.