The NHL has officially canceled the originally scheduled 2012 pre season schedule.
The Buffalo Sabres have previously lost their two September pre season game; todays announcement cancels the games the team had scheduled in October leading up until the “supposed” start of the regular season.
It is very clear that the 2012-2013 season is now in jeopardy of starting on time. If talks that are supposed to restart on Friday are successful in bring the two sides back together, the NHL could probably save face with fans by merely adjusting the start of the regular season by a week or two, and extend the end of the season.
With no preseason hockey, you can anticipate that hockey will not start for real now until at least November. Teams will have to come together after the lockout, recalling parts and pieces from around the world to bring a team to one cohesive unit. The Buffalo Sabres are just one team in the league that was scheduled to have a couple of solid prospects in training camp looking to challenge for a regular spot on the opening night lineup.
All hockey in Buffalo has not been lost. Saturday’s contest of the All American prospects gives fans a chance to see the game played on ice, as well as the relocation of the start of the Amerks training camp.
The Buffalo Sabres will allow the Amerks to use First Niagara Center to start their training camp – and practices on Friday will be open to the public. Practices are scheduled for 11:45-1:00 and 1:15-2:30 at First Niagara Center.
Saturday’s practice at First Niagara Center will be closed to the public. The red, white, and blue prospects of the Buffalo Sabres will then resume training camp on Sunday at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester. Practices at Blue Cross Arena are opened to the public. The Rochester Americans will play a home and home against the W-B/Scranton Penguins starting at home on Wednesday, with an away game on Friday.