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Flames axe 10 staffers

RANDY SPORTAK -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Having finished giving 10 employees their layoff notices -- some temporary and some permanent -- Flames president Ken King's disappointment came through loud and clear yesterday.

"If you ever find anyone who enjoys that part of the employment process, never work for them," King said somberly, unable to hide his sadness in the latest development of the NHL lockout.

The layoffs involve a variety of departments throughout the organization.

"These are people that have not been considered in this whole process," King said.

"People have talked about owners and players and lots of things, but there's lots of people who owe their livelihood to the business and they had no part in the issues that caused their employment to be affected.

"That's really unfortunate."

King said he doesn't foresee any more layoffs in the future.

The cuts leave the Flames with 95 full-time staff -- down from more than 140 prior to the work stoppage.

But there is some good news at the Saddledome.

Since the lockout began Sept. 15, Flames employees had been working three-day work weeks with pay reduced to 60%.

Now, most of them have been bumped back up to five-day weeks at full pay.

Nearly all the rest are working four-day weeks at 80% pay, while only two employees, believed to be King and GM/head coach Darryl Sutter, continue to work for 60% pay.


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