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Ted Nolan is taking a ‘less is more’ approach early on

Nov 17, 2013, 9:03 PM EDT

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After winning in his return to Buffalo on Friday, Sabres players raved about head coach Ted Nolan giving them a fresh start. Nolan’s coaching assistant Joe Sacco implies to the Buffalo News that he’s not adding too much clutter to that clean slate, either.

“Right now he just wants to try to keep things as simple as possible, not change too much early on,” Sacco said. “That’s just going to add confusion to everything. His message has been pretty clear to the players and the rest of the other coaches. Less is more right now, just letting them go out and play.

For a player who went from promising to troubling like Tyler Myers, a strategy that’s currently about aggressiveness (and living with mistakes) instead of over-thinking things is a breathe of fresh air.

“Ted came in and basically had one-on-ones with every guy in the room,” Myers said. “One of the things he brought up was don’t be afraid to jump up as much as you can. There’s mistakes that are going to be made, and that’s part of hockey. Don’t worry about it. It was a good feeling to hear that.”

Maybe it won’t mean a drastic change in the standings, but it seems like there’s renewed optimism – or at least a little bit more of it – in Buffalo.

  1. dolphincult - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    blah blah blah. Its all roses and confetti now but what if he bangs a player’s wife in his office like he did with hasek? Then the honeymoon will be over.

    • 19inarow - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:51 PM


  2. 19inarow - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I really hope this works out for the team, fans, and anyone else involved. I like this team, especially since they’ve added Moulson and LaFontaine. But it never seems to end well with Ted Nolan. He apparently didn’t want to go the rebuild route when he was on Long Island, but he’s got to deal with it now. I like the guy and, like I said, I hope it works out.

  3. flyerguy73 - Nov 18, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    This is more like it: Nolan said that we just plain suck, and we are going to have to deal with it. We have very little talent to work with. Miller thinks he is an all-star, but he is a average goalie. Myers is one of the worst defenseman in hockey. Ott is a Matthew Barnaby wannabe, and the rest of the team just plain sucks! We will just follow in like being a mediocre team from buffalo, and the fans will still follow and back us. Why the hell did I get into this situation again?

  4. bricevjohnson - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Sorry, why the hell does Joe Sacco still have a job in hockey again? Didn’t he do enough damage in Colorado?

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