In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Minnesota Wild have decided to furlough some employees and reduce hours for others.
The moves go into effect on Saturday and will make the Wild the first pro sports team in Minnesota to announce cutbacks of any sort.
It’s unclear how many employees will be affected and how long the cost-cutting measures will last.
“We regret the impact this situation has caused our team and community,” the Wild said in a prepared statement. “We look forward to bringing our full team and the NHL’s best fans back together again as soon as it is safe to do so.”
Many other teams across the NHL have announced similar moves in recent weeks, including the Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Dallas Stars. The 2019-20 season was suspended indefinitely on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Perhaps the only good news for those affected is that the Wild have qualified for the 24-team postseason, though no start date has been determined. Last week, the NHL and the league’s players association announced they have agreed to start formal training camps on July 10.