Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon denied a report that his team will stop paying full-time employees amid uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.
General manager Don Waddell sent out a directive to full-time employees explaining that the club is evaluating many scenarios for its employees during the NHL's postponement.
"We have been exploring multiple options on how best to take care of our employees while being mindful of the business challenges we face," Waddell said in the notice obtained by Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer.
The Hurricanes announced March 17 they'd cover lost wages for the arena and part-time events staff for the seven remaining home games on the schedule, which was officially paused by the league March 12.
Multiple teams across the big four North American sports leagues have cut employee payments due to the unprecedented stoppage. The Boston Bruins' parent company, Delaware North, announced Wednesday that 68 full-time salaried employees will be put on temporary leave, and 86 full-time employees were given an indefinite salary reduction.
The owners of the New Jersey Devils and the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers recently announced they were planning to cut full-time workers' salaries but rescinded their respective decisions and publicly apologized shortly thereafter.