This time it looks for real.  After bargaining for months, the NHL and its players' union finally came to an agreement in principle on a new 10-year deal that would end the owners' lockout and allow at least a 48-game season and the Stanley Cup playoffs.

After a 16-hour bargaining session that began on Saturday the two sides finally reached an agreement around 5 AM on Sunday.  That agreement still needs to be ratified by all the players and owners.

A similar dispute cancelled the entire 2004-05 hockey season.

The Buffalo Sabres have already lost 38 games during the 2012-13 season including 20 home games.  The Sabres were to have hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night.