The Florida Panthers announced the layoffs of an unknown number of staff members Tuesday, only the third full day of the NHL's lockout.
The Panthers are believed to be the NHL's second team to publicly announce layoffs since the league's collective bargaining agreement with its players expired at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday and ushered in the league's fourth work stoppage in the last 20 years.
The Ottawa Senators have already had layoffs and full-time employees have been placed on a reduced work week.
''Due primarily to the NHL work stoppage, but also due to changes and efficiencies in our normal business operations, SSE and the Florida Panthers instituted a number of staff adjustments today including staff reductions,'' Panthers President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark wrote in a statement distributed Tuesday afternoon.
SSE refers to Sunrise Sports and Entertainment, the company that owns and operates the Panthers.
As of Tuesday, the team listed 149 employees on its st...