Update: An awesome and honest statement from Mario Lemieux, Ron Burkle and David Morehouse.
To our Penguins Fans and Community:
We offer our apology. There is nothing we can say to explain or excuse what has happened over the past for months.
However, now that the NHL is back, we want to assure you that the Pittsburgh Penguins will do everything we can to regain your trust and show how much we value your amazing support.
The sounds of skates churning across the ice and pucks banging against the glass are returning to CONSOL Energy Center. That means a healthy Sidney Crosby is about to rejoin NHL MVP Evgeni Malkin, first-team All-Star James Neal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Kris Letang, Brooks Orpik and others as we begin our quest to bring the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh.
We want to thank you for your patience and your loyalty to the Penguins. We hope to repay it many times over. Our commitment to winning the Stanley Cup and our commitment to you has not changed.
We look forward to seeing you at CONSOL Energy Center.
Click Here To read statements from Ray Shero and Sidney Crosby
The NHL and the NHLPA agreed to the framework of a new collective bargaining agreement early Sunday morning that will save the NHL season this year!!!!
If there's one person to thank for the deal getting done, it looks like that man is Scot Beckenbaugh, Deputy Director for Mediation Services for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service who worked on the deal with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr.
Statement from Gary Bettman: "Don Fehr and I are here to tell you that we have reached an agreement on the framework of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the details of which need to be put to paper. We have to dot a lot of I's and cross a lot of T's. There is still a lot of work to be done, but the basic framework has been agreed upon. We have to go through a ratification process and the Board of Governors has to approve it from the League side and, obviously, the players have to approve it as well. We are not in a position to give you information right now about schedule, when we are starting. It's early in the morning and we have been at this all day and all night, obviously. But, we will be back to you very shortly, hopefully, later today with more information in that regard."
Statement from Donald Fehr: "Any process like this in the system we have is difficult; it can be long. I've said repeatedly throughout this process, somebody would say, 'What do you see ahead?' And, the answer was, 'You get up tomorrow and you try to find a way to do it and you keep doing that until you find a way to succeed. As Gary just indicated, we have the framework of a deal. We have to do the legal work and we have to do the constituent-communication work. At least, from my [standpoint], and I'm sure Gary's too, we need to let them know the details before we tell all of you. Having said that, hopefully, we're at a place where all those things will proceed fairly rapidly and with some dispatch and we'll get back to what we used to call business as usual as fast as we can."
The lockout lasted 113 days. No dates on exactly when games will start, camps will take place have been announced yet.