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LaFontaine returns to work with NHL

Jul 4, 2014, 6:47 PM EDT

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Pat LaFontaine is once again employed by the NHL.

The Hockey Hall of Famer, who left his post with the department of player safety to become Buffalo Sabres president last November, has reportedly re-joined the Deputy Commissioner’s Office as the vice president of hockey development and community affairs, per TSN.

LaFontaine, 49, had a ballyhooed return to Buffalo last year, re-joining the organization alongside Ted Nolan in what many saw as a “welcome home” reception. The honeymoon period with Sabres didn’t last long, however, as LaFontaine abruptly resigned one day after the Ryan Miller-Steve Ott trade with St. Louis, setting off a firestorm of rumors in the process.

Tim Murray, the GM hired to replace Darcy Regier, said he and LaFontaine had a good working relationship in Buffalo and shot down the theory him coming aboard had anything to do with LaFontaine leaving.

“We were on the same page,” Murray said. “I was brought in here for the rebuild and we were on the same page with that. I’ve been here for six weeks and probably on the road for four of those scouting.

“Every phone call I got concerning trades was relayed to Pat. There was never any indication that we weren’t on the same page.”

Later, a report surfaced that LaFontaine signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Sabres after he resigned.

  1. deadrabbit79 - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Over/under on how long it takes for him to quit is 3 weeks

  2. cantescapekarma - Jul 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Slow news day? Pat LaFontaine has been back at his job with the NHL since the end of February/beginning of March. He went back right after he left Buffalo. This is old news…

  3. sabresfanallday - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:11 PM

    He got fired

  4. 34defense2014 - Jul 4, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Hockey is my favorite sport! I like Football! But I could live with out Football but not Hockey!! Hockey is so much more exciting! Entertaining!! Then I scroll up and Football gets all the PR? Why is that!???

    • nflnhlrulznbasux - Jul 5, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      I agree HKY rules but 9 billion > 2.5 Billion (minus CDN revenues)

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