It almost sounded too good to be true – the Buffalo Sabres announce a “major press conference” at 1030. Nothing more, nothing less. What’s
happening at first Niagara Center?
Has the Ron Rolston message gotten stale? Is Terry Pegula tired of having his players gaining “perspective” from the press box as opposed to the ice rink? Has Darcy Regier finally, finally been removed from the rebuilding equation?
Thoughts of what could be happening to speed the rebuilding process up went running through my mind – and then multiple reports started coming in to validate those reports.
Terry Pegula, announces at 10:43 Eastern time – that last night he relieved Darcy Regier and Ron Rolston as general manager, and head coach respectively with the Buffalo Sabres.
Darcy Regier ends his tenure as the longest serving general manager in Buffalo Sabres history. Ron Rolston was relieved of his duties as coach, marking the shortest coaching tenure in Buffalo Sabres history – outside of Floyd Smith’s one game stint.
Patrick Lafontaine has been brought in as the Director of Hockey Operations – replacing Darcy Regier. The Buffalo Sabres have announced that Ted Nolan will return behind the bench of the Buffalo Sabres as the interim head coach.
When news was first breaking of this, i was talking to another fan – who said – “who cares, it’s just more games at the top – as long as Darcy is here, nothing will change.”
This is the same fan who has not watched a Buffalo Sabres game in three seasons, boycotting the losing ways of the organization. I know this fan well – long time season ticket holder, long time fan of the team, has not spent a dime or wasted one minute of their time on the Sabres until Darcy Regier was relieved of their duties.
When I texted them and said, well you can watch hockey again – their response? Ted Nolan? I hated Ted Nolan. Some fans just never will be happy.
It will be interesting to see what happens at the coaching position – as Nolan was introduced as the interim head coach. Just a formality because it is an in season change? Or does Ted Nolan know he is coaching for his job? Pat Lafontaine said it himself, he will finish out the year.
Why Ted Nolan and not a coach with more current NHL experience? Are the Buffalo Sabres drawing short straws because no one wants to coach a young rebuilding team that will most likely be at the bottom of the ranks for a couple of years?
As far as the general manager goes? Who gets tapped on the shoulder? Who is Pat Lafontaine’s short list?
It is no longer just a PR move. The Buffalo Sabres have finally made the change that should have happened, just over two years ago when Terry Pegula bought the Buffalo Sabres.