According to a tweet sent out by the Buffalo Sabres on Monday morning, the team has signed Ted Nolan to a contract extension. This removes the ‘interim’ tag from Nolan’s position, making him officially the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though it’s believed to be a three-year contract for Nolan, who had been interim coach of the team since November when Ron Rolston was fired.
Nolan, 55, is a Sault Ste. Marie native who played 78 NHL games from 1981 until 1986. As a player, he was a part of the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins organizations. The Sabres signed Nolan as a free agent on March 7, 1985, later trading his rights to Pittsburgh for cash that September. He also had AHL experience during this time, playing with the Adirondack Red Wings, Rochester Americans and Baltimore Skipjacks.
As a coach, he’s had experience at several levels of hockey, including a previous stint as head coach of the Sabres from 1995-1997. He won the Jack Adams Award in 1997. Prior to his time with Buffalo, he had served as head coach of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for five seasons.
After Nolan left the Sabres in 1997, he fell off the coaching grid in North America for a few years before coming back to coach the Moncton Wildcats to a QMJHL championship in 2006. He then served as head coach of the New York Islanders for two seasons (2006-2008).
He also served as Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Rochester Americans from 2009 until 2011, prior to the team’s link with the Sabres.
Internationally, Nolan has served as head coach of the Latvian men’s national ice hockey team since 2011.
Overall, his NHL coaching record includes 354 games, 156 wins and two playoff appearances. It appears he’ll be with the Sabres organization for the next few years as the team attempts to rebuild, so now the question: what do you think about this move?
Are you happy with Ted Nolan being officially named head coach of the Buffalo Sabres?