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Sabres’ players ‘shocked’ as LaFontaine resigns as president of hockey operations

Mar 1, 2014, 8:06 PM EDT

Pat LaFontaine, Terry Pegula AP

Christian Ehrhoff offered his thoughts on Saturday’s announcement that Pat LaFontaine has resigned his position as president of hockey operations with the Buffalo Sabres.

“I was shocked and very surprised. I thought Patty did a very good job,” Ehrhoff told Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.

“It’s a shocker. When he got hired, you thought he would be here for a long time,” added Henrik Tallinder, as per the Buffalo News.

The Sabres made the announcement via Twitter, on what has already been an eventful day across the National Hockey League. Now begins the process of finding out exactly why this has happened.

There have been reports that there had been problems in the Sabres front office. As Joe Yerdon of ProHockeyTalk reported, Lafontaine was also not in attendance at the Sabres game on Friday – the same day the club dealt goalie Ryan Miller and forward Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues.

  1. esracerx46 - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    That tweet was rather cryptic.

  2. therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 1, 2014 at 8:37 PM

    “I’m shocked. Who would ever want to leave Buffalo ?”

    • bullwinkle88 - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      We wouldn’t want someone as dumb as you living here, that’s for sure!

      • therooneyskilledwebster - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:04 PM

        Don’t get me wrong balldingle, it’s not a bad place to visit on my way to Toronto or for the annual Patriots beat down of the Jills. I’m sure you’re a genius, being a native of “the Athens of western New York”.

  3. lewiscafarella - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    F off! 👆

  4. dutchman1350 - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Clearly a different opinion on the direction of the club. At least they addressed the situation and can now work their plan.

  5. bossytrottiergillies - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    Patty has now done this with two teams. NYI, when he teamed with Neil Smith for a month and then quit. Now Buffalo. Head troubles maybe make him forget what he has signed to do.

    • richc111 - Mar 2, 2014 at 12:16 AM

      Yea the islanders took off and became a league leader after he left. Oh wait, they have sucked and have not won a playoff series since 1993. So I ask you who won and lost on that deal? Maybe he knew better just like he knows better now?

      • thesportsjudge - Mar 2, 2014 at 1:14 AM

        If he “knew better” as you imply, he wouldn’t have taken either job.

  6. 27ringsandcounting - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    The sabres are more disfunctional than the bills, never thought that would happen. We are the cleveland browns of the nhl.

  7. 27ringsandcounting - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:32 PM

    Pegula needs to sell this team, he has no idea ho to run a team he is to much of a fan.

  8. flyerguy73 - Mar 2, 2014 at 11:25 AM

    He was smart, and got out of there ASAP! Buffalo sports are going nowhere, and will be for MANY years. Love it!

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