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Report: NHL is slashing salaries of league office employees – USA TODAY

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The NHL is temporarily slashing the salaries of league office employees by 25 percent, according to ESPN.

With regular-season games suspended since March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the league is taking the measure to hopefully prevent layoffs, per ESPN, beginning April 1.

While the NHL has not yet punted on finishing the 2019-20 season in some capacity, it has placed a priority on maintaining a full 82-game schedule in 2020-21.

The ramifications of the suspended season will not only be felt in the league office. On Monday, it was revealed the New Jersey Devils (and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, which operate under the same ownership group) were temporarily reducing pay by 20 percent for its “at-will” employees – those making $50,000 or more – from April 15 through June.

However a few hours later, 76ers managing partner Josh Harris said in a statement:

“After listening to our staff and players, it’s clear that was the wrong decision. We have reversed it and will be paying these employees their full salaries.”

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So far, two NHL players – both unnamed members of the Ottawa Senators – have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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