The ongoing lockout has not yet forced the National Hockey League to cut more staff.
A televised report last night said the league's Toronto office was laying off hockey operations consultants Kris King and Pat Flatley as the labour dispute approaches five full months. King and a league official denied it.
"I'm going to work (today) as far as I know," ex-Leaf winger King said with a laugh. "Pat's in the same boat."
King has been with the league office for three years. It's possible that a range of league jobs in Toronto and New York could be threatened if the season is cancelled.
In Toronto, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.'s 300 employees were told two months ago that there would be no salary cutbacks until at least Sept. 1, 2005.