For all those who believe in Ted Nolan‘s hard working and fun to watch brand of hockey which saw Latvia nearly upset Canada and has made the Buffalo Sabres less of a joke in the NHL, I come barring good news. There is a very good chance that interim head coach Ted Nolan will be sticking around in Buffalo as he, or his agent are working on the contract extension.
Today Nolan said he was close on signing the believed three year contract extension that Tim Murray placed in front of him not too long ago. After Pat LaFontaine stepped down from the Sabres there was some worry that Nolan would not stick with the club since LaFontaine had been the one who hired him and there was uncertainty in the Sabres front office. However, it appears Nolan is game to stick around and lead the Sabres through the rebuild.
“I put it
into my representative’s hand, just formality and getting a couple of things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff.” ~ Ted Nolan on contract extension.
Ted Nolan has put hard work back into the Buffalo Sabres and has turned a 4-15-1 team into a respectable 15-22-7. While wins have been hard to come by, the Sabres at the very least have been skating hard and competing every night against every opponent.
Nolan’s biggest success’ as coach this season have been the improved play of Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers, Marcus Foligno and Jhonas Enroth. All of the aforementioned players have seen growth and improvement since Nolan became the bench boss of the Buffalo Sabres back in November.
While nothing is written in stone as of yet, it appears Ted Nolan and his representatives are working on the final details of the extension. Get used to Ted Nolan as the head coach of the rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.