The NHL lockout has begun taking its toll on jobs across the league as some organizations have begun laying off employees or forcing pay cuts.

On the day the Florida Panthers laid off between 8-12 employees -- including the one who plays mascot Stanley C. Panther -- to join other teams trimming staffs, a spokesman for Chicago Blackhawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz said the team will not make any personnel changes "for the foreseeable future."

"Things are status quo," the spokesman added.

Teams that reportedly have either laid off Cheap Nike Air Max employees or cut salaries include the Ottawa Senators, Minnesota Wild and Calgary Flames.

The lockout entered its third full day Tuesday and there are currently no plans for a formal negotiating session between the league and the NHL Players' Association. Training camps are scheduled to open Friday and an announcement is expected soon that they will be postponed.

The Hawks are scheduled to begin the exhibition season Sept. 25 against the Flyers in Philadelphia.

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