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Ted Nolan A Conditional Component of Buffalo Sabres New GM Hire

The Buffalo Sabres are still operating in the National Hockey League without a general manager manning the

bridge.  Sure Pat Lafontaine is running the hockey department in his new role with the team as President of Hockey Operations.  Lafontaine is a smart hockey man, who has the Sabres staff of scouts and other hockey department members guiding him in the ways of this team.

Lafontaine came into the position with a short list of general manager candidates that he thinks will be a good fit in the role of general manager rebuilding what is right now the worst team in the National Hockey League.

Competitive men hoping to make themselves known in the executive world of the league should welcome the challenge of shaping a winning hockey team, especially with an owner willing do to whatever it takes.

Could that same owner be inhibiting the search for a general manager, or enabling Pat Lafontaine from finding the new general manager?

The conversation could turn swiftly South with a general manager if the interim coaching situation is brought up, and it most certainly will be brought up.

A new general manager is going to want to bring in his own team, a guy on the bench that shares his vision, that will create on the ice, what the general manager is envisioning when he makes the moves to bring the pieces into the fold.

If the Buffalo Sabres are inferring that Ted Nolan will be in the picture as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres – general manager candidates who may have once been interested in the position, could be giving Pat Lafontaine, the thanks but no thanks after discussing their futures within the organization.

Ted Nolan could be a conditional component of the Buffalo Sabres new GM hire – and that could be a problem for the Buffalo Sabres.

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