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As NHL lockout lingers, Minnesota Wild employees prepare for 20 per cent pay cuts

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Wild staff will take a 20 per cent reduction in pay next month, unless league owners and players settle their issues by then.

Wild spokesman Aaron Sickman confirmed employees were told of the cutbacks in a company-wide meeting Tuesday, when the lockout reached its 73rd day. All NHL games have already been cancelled through Dec. 14. Wild staff will begin four-day, 32-hour work weeks starting Dec. 9 and see their paychecks reduced beginning Dec. 28, if no new collective bargaining agreement is in place. No layoffs have been ordered, at this point.

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When the lockout began, Wild executives and other staff making more than $70,000 annually took pay cuts between 30 and 35 per cent of their earnings. Sickman said those reductions remain in place.