One of the saddest truths of lockouts in sports is that team employees are often unintended casualties. Teams in both the NBA and NFL slash employee salaries during their respective lockouts, and NHL teams like the Florida Panthers and Ottawa Senators have already begun to lay employees off due to the NHL's lockout. The Chicago Blackhawks, though, are not planning on joining those teams.
Team chairman Rocky Wirtz told reporters on Wednesday that the team isn't going to be making any changes to its personnel "for the foreseeable future." The lockout began at midnight on Saturday, and the NHL and NHLPA currently don't have any formal negotiating meetings scheduled.
The NHLis currently in its second lockout in less than a decade, but a resolution is not imminent with training camps and the preseason rapidly approaching.