Neely: No Bruins layoffs planned as lockout hits


Neely: No Bruins layoffs planned as lockout hits

With NHL teams like the Ottawa Senators already making plans for substantial work reductionslayoffs with a lengthy lockout on the menu, the Boston Bruins arent making such plans at the moment.

Bruins President Cam Neely told in an email that the Black and Gold have no current plans to execute layoffs for any full-time or part-time employees currently earning wages from the hockey club.

As it stands for now we will keep the status the same for our employeesstaff, Neely said.

The lockout is officially two days old after the former CBA expired on Sept. 15, and most of the players and agents arent expecting the NHL to start playing games until the middle of December at the earliest.

The Senators are preparing for the lockout by laying off more than 10 of their 170 full-time employees said president Cyril Leeder.

"Every full-time, every part-time employee is affected by a work stoppage," said Leeder said. "On the full-time employees they've either been laid off temporarily or gone to a four-day work week.

"This really is the area that I worry about the most. It's not good for anybody when we have a work stoppage and the people most affected are our staff here."

Theres no telling how much money the Bruins stand to lose once preseason and regular season games start getting cancelled, but the Bs were clearly one of the better prepared teams riding a wave of success and a sellout streak over the last few seasons.

Things may change if the work stoppage becomes a cancelled season sometime in January or if unforeseen circumstances hit but credit the Bruins for insulating their employees against the nuclear winter that might be coming for the NHL. Many NHL teams could also implement an unpaid vacation or furlough system within their full-time employee ranks to save jobs during a prolonged lockout, but that doesnt appear to be the case on Causeway Street under Neelys watch.

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Sunday Dec. 4: Zacha adjusting to life in the NHL

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while marveling at the Bruins setting a franchise record this season for fewest practices in a regular season. Thanks compacted schedule due to the World Cup!

*Pavel Zacha is adjusting to life as a rookie in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, and things are getting better as they go along.

*Manitoba Moose players relive their favorite Star Wars moments prior to the team holding their Star Wars Night.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Elliotte Friedman sits down with new Florida Panthers head coach Tom Rowe to discuss the massive changes in that organization with the firing of Gerard Gallant.

*Good for Anders Nilson putting a rainbow decal on the back of his goalie to mask to support some gay friends that have faced public resistance in their lives.

*Bruce Garrioch has his weekly NHL notes with several players, including Flyers defenseman Andrew MacDonald, potentially on the trade block if anybody wants them.

*PHT writer Cam Tucker has Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffering a broken leg that will keep him out 6-8 weeks.

*There was no blood for the Vancouver Canucks fans, but there was still plenty of drama in a win over the Maple Leafs.

*For something completely different: The World Baseball Classic works for everybody except for Major League Baseball, and that would appear to be a problem.