The Buffalo Sabres reached out to season ticket-holders Monday, offering credits or refunds for the six home games that have not been played while the NHL schedule has been on pause.
Under the plan, customers who are retaining their seats for the 2020-21 season will not have to make a payment until July 22 if they agree to credit for their accounts from the six games. The team is allowing the credit to count as the first payment with no additional money needed. Initial payments for next season had been due May 22.
By taking the credit, fans will also get the choice of a $100 Sabres Store gift card or 10 surface lot parking passes adjacent to KeyBank Center. Fans who would prefer refunds for the games have been given that option, without the added perks.
The team's notice also indicated it will introduce half-season and quarter-season plans for the 2020-21 season, with current full-season customers also given the option to keep their seats for the lower plans. Information and pricing on those plans will be announced when next season's schedule is released, the notice said.
The Sabres' final game before the pause was their 3-2 shootout win over Washington here on March 9. The six home games that were postponed were March 13 vs. Boston, March 15 vs. Carolina, March 21 vs. Chicago, March 22 vs. the New York Rangers, March 30 vs. Washington and April 4 vs. Philadelphia.
The team is currently formulating plans to reach out to single game, mini pack and group ticket holders from the six postponed games.
The NHL is still pondering what to do about the resumption of its season, although numerous reports are that discussions of the league's "Return to Play" committee are centering on a 24-team playoff format and no more regular season games. That plan would leave the Sabres out of the postseason and end their campaign where it was when the pause hit March 12, with a record of 30-31-8 and sixth place in the Atlantic Division.