About 11 workers will be let go

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- With the NHL lockout dragging on, the Minnesota Wild's parent company has been forced to let go of more employees.

Chief financial officer Pam Wheelock said Friday that 6 percent of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment's work force (about 11 people) will be told within the next two weeks they will be laid off -- unless, of course, there's a drastic change in the league's labor negotiations suggesting the season can be saved.

Wheelock emphasized that the team is "not making any conclusions about whether there's going to be a partial season or not." She added later the club is "hopeful that there will be a quick resolution."

Talks between the NHL and the players' association broke down again Thursday night, leaving the sides still far apart philosophically with no plans to meet again.

Last summer, MSE had 225 employees. This latest round of cuts will bring the organization down to 187, but natural attrition is the cause of some of that loss.

Wheelock said there would be no across-the-board reduction in existing employees' pay, and all of the laid-off employees will be given severance packages.