With the Buffalo Sabres finally pulling the trigger on firing head coach Lindy Ruff, it has given the chance for Ron Rolston to enjoy the ride down to Buffalo from Rochester – a trip he sent players on multiple occasions.
Rolston’s hockey career starting at Michigan Tech University, where he played for the Huskies across three seasons. Over those three years he amassed 32 goals and 36 assists.
After his collegiante playing career, he moved into the world of coaching, bench bossing around the NCAA circuit with stops at Lake Superior University, Clarkson University, Harvard University, and Boston College.
He spent one season with the U.S Developmental team before joining the Rochester Americans prior to the 2011-2012 regular season.
It will be a change for the players, as Thomas Vanek was interviewed after the incident, Lindy Ruff was the only coach that they had known.
In just one and a half season with the Rochester Americans – Rolston led the team to a playoff berth last year, squeeking in at 7th place in the conference. This year the Amerks are second in the conference at this point.
Why Rolston? Why Now? Getting booed off the ice the way they did had to be a wakeup call for the organization. There had to be a measuring stick; and the team still has to believe that this season is salvageable. Rolston in a new face, and was on the tail end of the AHL careers of the Sabres prospects, T.J. Brennan and Marcus Foligno finished their Rochester Americans tenure under the guise of Ron Rolston.
This move could put Darcy on the clock as well – despite getting a contract extension at the start of the season, Darcy could be joining Lindy Ruff in the unemployment line at the end of the season if not sooner – the team promoting Rolston as interim coach because they don’t want Darcy to name Lindy’s replacement – or the team wants to focus on the product on the ice to shape the future of the shortened 2012-2013 NHL season.
At this point, just like the playoff future of the Buffalo Sabres, only time will tell.