Just a few short days ago, Ron Rolston was named the 16th head coach in Buffalo Sabres history. A move that gave off mixed emotions to Sabres fans, was a smart one indeed. Rolston is known to be a good teacher, and being able to develop young talent. With top prospects ready to make the jump to the NHL, this is a perfect fit for Rolston and the Sabres organization. There are just a few questions still left unanswered. Will Rolston keep the current coaching staff together? Or will he assemble his own staff?
The current staff of assistant coaches consists of James Patrick, Kevyn Adams and Teppo Numminen. Rolston will have tough decisions whether or not to bring in his own staff. James Patrick was Lindy Ruff’s man, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Patrick were to go wherever Ruff ends up. I don’t understand why Kevyn Adams is even a coach with the Sabres. Adams was an average player at best during his career, and has accomplished nothing since being named an assistant in 2011. It would make complete sense for Rolston to replace Adams with a more experienced and qualified assistant. Teppo Numminen deserves to stay an assistant in Buffalo. He had a great career as a player, and one would assume that he will play a vital role in recharging the career of Tyler Myers.
There are some options that Ron Rolston has if he were to bring in his own coaching staff. His brother, long time NHL forward known for his booming shot, Brian Rolston would be a great fit for the Sabres. Brian Rolston collected 98 career PP goals throughout his playing career, and would do wonders for a Sabres unit who mightily struggled last year. I believe Christian Ehrhoff would benefit greatly from Brian Rolston, and one can only imagine how good the PP unit could be.
Although he is currently an associate coach in Detroit, Tom Renney would be another ideal fit for the Sabres. Renney did a fine job developing players amongst the likes of Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle. It will be hard to pry Renney away from Detroit, but just imagine how nicely top prospects like Grigorenko, Girgensons, Armia and Larsson could develop. Ron Rolston will be a good mentor to these players, but it would be nice to get an experienced guy to help out in the process.
It will be important when Ron Rolston assembles his staff, that he has a mix of experience and energy. I believe that Brian Rolston and a coach like Tom Renney bring these qualities to the table. The Sabres are in the midst of a rebuild and have a long road ahead of them. It will be crucial for Rolston to bring in the right coaches to make this rebuild a fast and successful one.