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08:17 AM ET 09.26 | The lockout has become all too real for employees of the St. Louis Blues. The team last week laid off "just under 20" front-office workers, a club executive confirmed Tuesday. The remaining 75 employees took pay cuts and, in some cases, switched to four-day workweeks. Some of the laid-off workers will probably be brought back if and when hockey season begins, said Bruce Affleck, the team's chief operating officer, though some layoffs will be permanent, a decision of the team's new owners. "We haven't guaranteed anybody will return," Affleck said. The layoffs were across a variety of departments in the team and Scottrade Center, Affleck said. ... The Ottawa Senators and Florida Panthers also have laid off front office staff.

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September 26, 2012  08:53 AM ET

WGAF!!!

September 26, 2012  09:07 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

WGAF!!!

I could be wrong and I often am................but, I think I'm picking up a trend here Buc?

September 26, 2012  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I could be wrong and I often am................but, I think I'm picking up a trend here Buc?

I'm glad you pointed that out Slappy. Since the Summit I've been using my replacement brain and it's not making very good decisions.

September 26, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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I'm glad you pointed that out Slappy. Since the Summit I've been using my replacement brain and it's not making very good decisions.

LMAO. That meeting should have been filmed and played at the next NHL-NHLPA negotiating session. Both sides locked in and made to watch it over and over until an agreement was reached. My guess is that 20 minutes of it would be enough. :-)

September 26, 2012  09:33 AM ET
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LMAO. That meeting should have been filmed and played at the next NHL-NHLPA negotiating session. Both sides locked in and made to watch it over and over until an agreement was reached. My guess is that 20 minutes of it would be enough. :-)

We did have solutions for a lot of problems....now if I just could remember them.

September 26, 2012  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

WGAF!!!

actually, they all should. While these guys are arguing over their millions, the 47% are once again tossed aside....

September 26, 2012  10:15 AM ET
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actually, they all should. While these guys are arguing over their millions, the 47% are once again tossed aside....

the economic effect trickles down from the Team staff to bar owners and staff , cab drivers , and even people who charge for parking at there homes near rinks. There is a lot of collateral damage going on

September 26, 2012  10:17 AM ET
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the economic effect trickles down from the Team staff to bar owners and staff , cab drivers , and even people who charge for parking at there homes near rinks. There is a lot of collateral damage going on

unfortunately, this is the only "trickle down economics" that DOES work....

September 26, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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the economic effect trickles down from the Team staff to bar owners and staff , cab drivers , and even people who charge for parking at there homes near rinks. There is a lot of collateral damage going on

How much money can they actually make when no fans show up to over half of the teams in the league to begin with?

September 26, 2012  11:04 AM ET

I've always been on the fence about Ben Affleck...this cinches it.

September 26, 2012  11:06 AM ET
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We did have solutions for a lot of problems....now if I just could remember them.

It truly was a meeting of the...mind.

September 26, 2012  11:38 AM ET
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I've always been on the fence about Ben Affleck...this cinches it.

Love his wife. I have watched Elektra so many times:)

September 26, 2012  11:42 AM ET

I wonder what Gary Massengill thinks of this, or do these people not matter to him either?

September 26, 2012  12:52 PM ET
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actually, they all should. While these guys are arguing over their millions, the 47% are once again tossed aside....

I honestly just dont care Spiny. If this is how its going to be all the time i'll use other things to waste my time. The product now is garbage...watch a regular season game vs a playoff game..not even the same sport.
The fact that we have to keep protecting owners and gm's from themselves just baffles me.
of course once its resolved ill care again (did you see Nash got a hat trick first game in europe?).
Am i dissapointed my Rags have their best chance in years this season? Of course i am...but i sure wont miss watching the Leafs vs Columbus shoved down my throat.

September 26, 2012  01:11 PM ET

Collateral damage.

September 26, 2012  01:51 PM ET
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I honestly just dont care Spiny. If this is how its going to be all the time i'll use other things to waste my time. The product now is garbage...watch a regular season game vs a playoff game..not even the same sport.The fact that we have to keep protecting owners and gm's from themselves just baffles me.of course once its resolved ill care again (did you see Nash got a hat trick first game in europe?).Am i dissapointed my Rags have their best chance in years this season? Of course i am...but i sure wont miss watching the Leafs vs Columbus shoved down my throat.

I am not disagreeing with you to a point.
1) The product, while certainly diluted is not garbage. There are too many teams with too many players that should not be playing at this level. This is all based on greed, which absolutely speaks to your point about protecting the owners/gm's from themselves. And from an ignorant commisioner who just can't/won't realise that the NHL is NOT the NFL/MLB/NBA and never will be and never SHOULD be. Those are bloated messes. Think the NFL likes being the centre of attention these past couple of weeks?
2) I agree about The NYR...damn it....
3) My point though was for the "collateral" people, they are truly screwed. And to my point about contraction, which would hurt these people also I know, but this was a case of false hope I think. So here people get these jobs on the whim of an idiot commisioner..."Yeah, let's try Atlanta again....."and will lose them painfully.
the whole thing stinks all the way around.

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September 26, 2012  04:20 PM ET
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These greedy players don't give a rat's arse about the front office staff, arena workers, vendors or anyone else that makes a buck in support of their "GAME".

i give that a capital YUP !

September 26, 2012  04:46 PM ET
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i give that a capital YUP !

Um, the owners are the ones who stopped the game and employee all the people being laid off. Not sure what the players could do as they are essentially in the same boat.

 
September 26, 2012  05:38 PM ET
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I wonder what Gary Massengill thinks of this, or do these people not matter to him either?

If he sells all that stuff in the womens section of the pharmacy, he probably don't.

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