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Sabres remove ‘interim’ from coach Ron Rolston’s title

May 7, 2013, 9:41 AM EDT

Head coach Ron Rolston of the Buffalo Sabres stands on the bench during action against the Toronto Maple Leafs at First Niagara Center on March 21, 2013 in Buffalo, United States.
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The Buffalo Sabres have announced that interim head coach Ron Rolston will lose the “interim” and stick with the team for the 2013-14 campaign. He’s the 16th person to ever serve as the Sabres’ head coach.

Rolston was brought in to serve as the Sabres interim head coach after the team got off to a 6-10-1 start and former bench boss Lindy Ruff was fired. Buffalo posted a 15-11-5 record under Rolston and they finished 12th in the Eastern Conference.

Rolston will get the opportunity to work with his team from the start of training camp and without the added strain that came with the condensed schedule that we had this year. However, he might find himself coaching a younger team in the beginnings of a rebuild.

29-year-old forward Thomas Vanek suggested it might be better to trade him if the team’s entering a rebuilding phase. There’s also been questions about goaltender Ryan Miller‘s future with the club.

Buffalo hasn’t made the playoffs since 2011 and hasn’t advanced past the first round since 2007.

  1. kgun80 - May 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Ugh!!! I hope I’m wrong but I’m probably right.. They keep a guy who will just follow the same pattern and style of play that Ruff had. This is just a big joke…as a Sabres fan I really wanted a new style a new coach someone who would shake up the locker room and hold players accountable. I don’t think Rolston is that guy!! We need more than anything a fresh pair of eyes and we just get the same recycled garbage. Again I hope I’m wrong, but I doubt it

  2. travishenryskid - May 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    Placeholder. Regier has made it clear that they plan on getting top draft picks, and the only way you can do that is by being bad. You don’t go out and hire Patrick Roy or Dallas Eakins when you plan on being bad for a few seasons. Once the top talent is acquired, Rolston will be easily disposed of, allowing them to get the big name coach. So while Sabres fans are going to be disappointed because this feels so uninspired, try to understand what is going on here. In the long term, this can be a good thing.

  3. oquintero99 - May 7, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Rolston is a good X and O’s coach. He works well with young players. The problem in Buffalo (besides Reiger obviously) is the current players. If the front office gets Rolston some good and young players, Rolston will be Ok and the Sabres will be much better

  4. esracerx46 - May 7, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    15-11-5….so 15 wins 16 losses. Tell me again how Darcy still has a job? Haven’t they missed the playoffs like 7 out of 9 years or something crazy like that

  5. buffalomafia - May 7, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Sabres have a chump owner who is stuck in the 70’s as a fan! He should grow a set & fire Regier & Black!

    Start being a real owner like the rest of the NHL owners are & get a proven coach & get rid of the dead weight!

    You can get a gang banger thug on the East side of Buffalo to run the Sabres better than the jokers we have!

  6. rabidbillsfan - May 7, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    Like it. Rolston held all the players to the same standards and accountability during his time. He has a bit more fire than what Lindy had, and he is a great game-planner. And don’t forget, he was missing his top offensive weapon for a stretch there in Thomas Vanek. Again, I really hope that the comments above just goes to validate my point that the majority of sports fans in Buffalo are “casual”, and have 0 knowledge of the game or the organization for which they “root” for. I mean Buffalomafia says Ted Black should be fired… Um, hey bud, Black has 0 input as far as the operation of the hockey department and is just a face that the media can talk to, just the everyday contact for Terry, keep grasping at straws though. Love the last line though, keep up the good work promoting Buffalo, I’m sure our population would skyrocket with you having any sort of real job in the infrastructure of the City.

  7. bagjr387 - May 7, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I’m fine with it if and only if Rolson brings in his own staff. In reality James Patrick and Kevyn Adams were the head coaches after Ruff. I want them gone too

  8. richc111 - May 7, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    I am Ok with him sticking about , but at least Reiger could have made it look like he actually tried to find someone else, but I expect no less from Reiger.

  9. thedavesiknowiknow - May 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    Who needs Lindy Ruff when you have his equally obsolete minded identical twin, who has the personality of a trilobyte? To be fair, the organization did just hold a press conference to allow local media to yell at them, and in turn give them the company line over and over. Lets go, status quo!

  10. buffalomafia - May 7, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    @rabidbillsfan! I bet u are unemployed with a fat chowhound wife who is less than mediocre as the Sabres!

    Plus I bet u jerk off eating Cheetos! Lol!

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