First, came the apology. And then, Buffalo Sabres president Ted Black delivered a vow to the team's hockey-starved fans on Tuesday.
With the four-month NHL lockout nearly over, Black said it's time for the team to get to work on delivering Buffalo a winner.
''On behalf of the Pegulas and the Sabres, we do apologize that fans have to go through this,'' Black said, referring to team owner Terry Pegula and his wife Kim. ''We're back in business. ... And we're going to do whatever we can to get back on track to the mission that Terry has laid out for us: And that's to win the Stanley Cup.''
Black spoke during a news conference at the team's facility two days after the NHL and NHL Players' Association reached a tentative agreement on a new 10-year labor deal.
On Wednesday, Black will be in New York attending the NHL board of governors meeting. That's where owners are expected to approve the new collective bargaining agreement in one of the final steps to prepare for the start of the ...