Has your warm and fuzzy feeling gone right out the window? The Buffalo Sabres came out of the Olympic break poised, set and ready to get on with the rebuild to take them from the worst team in the league to back into contention. Sure maybe not this year, but the parts were there to make it happen. Ok sure the title on the article is a little more drastic than what is happening in Buffalo right now, but maybe tire fires around the arena are necessary to start protecting the team from itself.
Pat LaFontaine was brought back into the fold as President of Hockey Operations, Craig Patrick was advising, and we had a general manager that was ready to go to war to get this hockey team that had apparently suffered the implosion necessary to make sure the rebuild would go off without a hitch.
Apparently – keeping Ted Nolan as head coach was a qualifying part of taking the job in Buffalo – because today comes the news that despite a three game winning streak at home; and getting something for soon to be free agents Ryan Miller and Steve Ott – the interim tag remains on Ted Nolan and it appears he is not coming back next year.
Bringing him in after firing Ron Rolston was a smart thing to do – he was a motivator and expected people to work. I thought the second Buffalo Sabres Ted Nolan experiment would last at least the remainder of this season and possibly next, as the team found its footing.
Well apparently long gone are the warm and fuzzy everyone gets a hug on their way into work Darcy Regier days, and Ted Nolan finds himself looking at being an unrestricted free agent in the NHL coaching world again.
Has GM Tim Murray seen enough of what he can get out of the current coaching staff and players that he is ready to make a move – or did the handling of the Ryan Miller/Steve Ott situation not sit well with members of the organization and coaching staff that it has forced the President of Hockey Operations out the door?
Apparently the implosion at the foot of Washington Street hasn’t completed yet – but fans are still sitting here wondering what is going on within the black hole.
Hold on Sabres fans – the ride is about to get real bumpy – and until the deadline on Wednesday, apparently the gloves are off because there is a new sheriff in town, and its going to be Tim Murray’s way or the highway.