BUFFALO, N.Y. - Newly signed enforcer John Scott was the latest Sabres player to join the unorganized skates at the Northtown Center in Amherst on Wednesday.

More than 100 fans were on hand to watch the players.

Several Sabres players are skating together in Amherst as they prepare for a short training camp and a 48 game season that is expected to begin on January 19th.

The players can't skate with coaches until the NHL lockout is officially over. That will occur after the players ratify the new collective bargaining agreement on Saturday. The owners are scheduled to vote on the deal at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in New York City. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will hold a news conference at 4 p.m.

Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff says the line-up will remain largely the same along with the additions ofveterans Steve Ott and Jonathan Scott.He didn't rule out trying to put together a scrimmage againstthe Rochester Americans to try to get his players game action in preparation for the fast start to the season.

The Sabres are still waiting on information concerning the schedule for the 48 game shortened season. On Tuesday, team president Ted Black said he thinks the Sabres home opener could be on Sunday, January 20th but as of right now - everything is subject to change.