Phoenix Coyotes layoff staff members due to NHL lockout

Christian Petersen

Including their Manager of Media Relations, the Phoenix Coyotes have laid off a portion of their staff.

The NHL's second lockout in eight years has cost more people their jobs, according to Denver Post columnist Adrian Dater. This time it's members of the Phoenix Coyotes staff. On his Twitter account today, Dater reported that Phoenix has laid off its Manager of Media Relations, along with other unnamed staff members.

This is in the wake of a current work stoppage that has cancelled NHL games through November, and it threatens to be the second missed season for the league in under a decade. The 2004-05 was cancelled after the owners locked out the players, eventually settling on a new collective-bargaining agreement the following season that was more owner-friendly. This is the third work stoppage under the direction of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, who has held the position since 1993.

The Coyotes are coming off their best season in their short time in Phoenix, reaching the Western Conference Finals before being defeated by the eventual champion Los Angeles Kings, 4 games to 1.

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