Due to Buffalo’s horrendous 4-15-1 start, the Buffalo Sabres have fired head coach Ron Rolston and longtime general manager Darcy Regier. As a result, the Sabres will hire Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations and Ted Nolan as head coach on an interim basis.
Midway through last season, Rolston was named as the interim head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, replacing Lindy Ruff, for the remainder of the 2012–13 campaign. During his short tenure with the club, Rolston coached his team to a 19-26-6 record.
Reiger joined the Sabres in 1997 and would later become the longest-serving GM in Sabres history. Out of the 149 players Darcy has drafted, only three, Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek and Brian Campbell, have become All-Star quality players. During his tenure with Buffalo, Reiger was criticized for his inability to re-sign stars such as Campbell, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, as well as not being able to attract many big free agents to the team.
Nolan will be joining the Sabres for a second time after accepting the head coaching job back in 1995. During his second season in Buffalo, 1996-1997, he led the team to a strong regular season, culminating in the Northeast Division title. He was rewarded with the Jack Adams Award as the league’s top coach, but personal conflicts with the Sabres management resulted in Nolan not re-signing with the club at the end of his contract. He has spent the past few seasons coaching the Latvian national team in World Championship action, and is expected to lead the team during the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
LaFontaine’s No. 16 was retired by the Sabres after playing for the team from 1991-1997. He served a short stint as an adviser to the owner for the New York Islanders back in 2006, but that didn’t last long. This will be LaFontaine’s first real test in an NHL management position.
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