With the new work week beginning, hockey will return in less than two weeks, but there is some information you should know about. First off, the NHL schedule will not be released until the agreement has been ratified, which will happen on Wednesday.
What we do know is that a 48-game season is likely to start on Jan. 19th, a Saturday on which all 30 teams would play throughout the day.
The following is a statement from Ted Black:
As an organization, the Buffalo Sabres have always cherished our passionate fans and their unyielding love of hockey. We want to sincerely thank our fans for their patience during this process and their consistent support of our team for the past several months. During those months, we have kept your dedication in mind as we have continued to make Buffalo a premiere destination for hockey.
Once the CBA is ratified, our organization will move quickly to make sure all of our fans and partners have the required information they need regarding the schedule, beginning of training camp, season tickets, mini-packs and individual ticket sales. We have a plan in place and will execute it over the next several days, once we’re able to do so.
It’s time again to play, watch and enjoy the game we all love. The Buffalo Sabres will remain committed to the one goal Terry Pegula set for this franchise when he became owner nearly two years ago: winning the Stanley Cup. I look forward to a successful 2012-13 season and an exciting new chapter for hockey. – Ted Black
The Sabres have invited Mikhail Grigorenko to training camp, so there is a chance we could see him play a few regular season games in a Sabres’ uniform.
Buffalo was back on the ice this morning at the Northtown Center. Stay tuned to SHC for more updates and information regarding the season throughout the week.