Courtesy of Sabres.com
"We are very pleased that the owners and the players' union were able to come together and agree upon the framework for a new, 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement. With the new CBA, a fair deal is in place to ensure that the NHL remains strong and continues to be the world's best showcase for hockey.
"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.
"Theodore N. Black
"President/NHL Alternate Governor"