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Report: Ted Nolan To Have Interim Tag Removed

With a brand new general manager apparently comes a new full-time head coach as Tim Murray doesn’t plan on wasting anytime nailing his head coach. Today Murray told the media that he has plans to remove to interim tag from Ted Nolan‘s job description making him the official head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

“Today it is …yes, the interim tag is still on, but we probably will do something for him there that it won’t be on him for long.” ~ Tim Murray when asked about Nolan

“No he doesn’t have to audition, He’s our coach”

Yesterday Murray said that “Teddy was his guy for now” and today it seems like for now means for the foreseeable future. Since Nolan took over for Rolston, the Buffalo Sabres have gone 8-11-4 and have gone from the joke of the league to a respectable 30th ranked NHL

team. Sure the playoffs are no where on the horizon but the future of the Buffalo Sabres has certainly turned around since Nolan took over.

Murray will have a long list of things he needs to accomplish in the near future and now he can cross a full-time head coach off his list as it seems like Ted Nolan will be sticking behind the Sabres bench. If Nolan does have the interim tag dropped this will be his second kick at the can being the Buffalo Sabres head coach and will help complete his NHL comeback.

With the front office and the coaching staff seemingly in place the Sabres and their new GM can now turn their focus to making the actual team on the ice better and deciding upon the futures of Ryan Miller, Steve Ott and Matt Moulson.

It seems like Ted Nolan will be sticking around until at least the end of this season and likely through the rebuild. One has to think that one of the conditions for a new GM was to keep Pat LaFontaine‘s head coach and Murray seems to be obliging.

What do you think about Ted Nolan sticking around with the Buffalo Sabres?

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  • Kevin

    nellie!! why so soon? I think he is just making the popular choice and
    what Patty Lala wants him to make. Doesn’t mean he should be handed the
    keys without testing the waters for other options. I mean I like the guy, but as I said too soon.

    • Caitlin Campbell

      I think it was more a condition of the hiring- new GM had to keep Nolan at least for a little bit…

      • Jes

        Yup that’s my perception as well CC.

        • JHizzle75

          And it’s the right decision. Players like him. What else would you want? 3 coaches in a year is not the way to instill confidence in a team. Status quo is OK for now. If Murray decides Nolan is not the coach for the Sabres in the off-season…so be it. But you can’t change coaches at this point , the players would want Murray’s head on a platter!

          • Kevin

            I wasn’t saying change the coach now either. I am just surprised he is going to make the decision now. I guess better now and get it out of the way so he has the rest of the year and all summer before the season begins to create a new system

          • Jes

            Ya I doubt they’d want his head on a platter if Murray fired Nolan.

  • Dano

    Nolan is the ‘ Right guy for Right now ‘. I dont think he will be here for 5-6 years. Maybe 2 or 3.

  • Jes


    Maybe alright for 1-2 years but the guy coaches 0 offense so ya he blows IMO. Not going to win much without any offense. He’d make a great assistant however with coaching defense and the PK being his specialty. I think this is just a test run with him.

    Laviolette IMO would’ve been the better choice for head coach.

  • wolfdoctor

    My biggest concern with Nolan is his reluctance to play young players. He seems more interested in winning now with (boring) scrubs than possibly losing while giving young players the needed experience at the NHL level.

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  • davidmuscalo

    It is the right decision, because Nolan is the right coach for this team.