Florida Panthers layoff staff; More NHL players head to Europe

The Florida Panthers have announced layoffs of some staff members, saying the moves are "primarily" because of the NHL lockout. Panthers President and Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark released a statement announcing what he called "staff adjustments."

   Yormark did not say how many jobs were involved and cited the league's "work stoppage," avoiding the word lockout.

   In other hockey news:

   -- New York Islanders captain Mark Streit and Montreal Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber are returning home to play in Switzerland during the NHL lockout. Bern says it has signed Streit and Geneva-Servette says it recruited Weber.

   -- San Jose Sharks captain Joe Thornton is also expected in Switzerland this week after saying he would rejoin Davos. The 12-team Swiss top division began its season last week.

   -- Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff will be spending the NHL lockout playing in his native Germany. Ehrhoff reached an agreement to play for his hometown team, the Krefeld Penguins.

   -- An annual scrimmage between rookies of the Washington Capitals and Philadelphia Flyers, set to be played on Thursday, became a casualty of the lockout. It was officially canceled. The Philadelphia rookies won last year's game, 3-2, in front of about 10,000 fans.

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