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Interim no more: Sabres name Ted Nolan head coach

Mar 31, 2014, 8:41 AM EDT

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This time around, Ted Nolan isn’t going anywhere.

The Buffalo Sabres announced they’ve dropped the interim tag and signed Nolan to be the official head coach of the team.

“We are very happy to get this deal done and have Ted Nolan as our permanent head coach going forward,” Sabres GM Tim Murray said. “Teddy has proven time and again that he is an exceptional leader, motivator and teacher. He is exactly what we need in a head coach for our hockey team and we’re confident in his ability to guide our players and turn this team around.”

It’s reported Nolan signed a three-year extension with the team and that puts him in charge of the rebuild in Buffalo.

With the number of young guys that will be coming up through the Sabres system in the coming years (Rasmus Ristolainen, Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, and more) and the likelihood they could be adding Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, or Aaron Ekblad in the 2014 draft, having a guy in Nolan who has as much experience coaching juniors as he does will help.

Nolan took over for Ron Rolston on Nov. 13. After the Sabres started 4-15-1 under Rolston, they’ve gone 16-30-8 under Nolan and, in spite of numerous changes to the roster, have played more competently under Nolan.

There was doubt as to whether or not Nolan would want to stay in Buffalo after what happened when Pat LaFontaine resigned from the team, but after landing this opportunity to coach again in the NHL, it would’ve been tough to walk away.

  1. 7mantel - Mar 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Good for him !

  2. elemeno89 - Mar 31, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Good move for the rebuild.

  3. flyboystransport - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Good move

  4. gman16 - Mar 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    great coach. class act. Sabres finally did something right.

    • bullwinkle88 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Not so classy the first time around, wouldn’t you agree?

  5. blomfeld - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    Excellent move by the Sabres !

    GO NOLAN !!! … GO BUFFALO !!!!!!!!

  6. vanindeed - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    good move. All they need is a team now

  7. timmyp716 - Mar 31, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Ahhh the deal they should have done 17 years ago.

    • bullwinkle88 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:29 PM

      Definitely not. Remember the shenanigans Nolan carried out against Muckler? How soon we forget.

      • timmyp716 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:52 PM

        The only thing I remember with Nolan and Muckler was Nolan coming out and sayin Muckler was trying to tell him who to play and Nolan had major beef with this? Am I forgetting something else? Oh and there was the Hasek thing…..these two things aside I still feel this is a good move and should have been the move years ago

  8. President Charles Logan - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    same loser team headed for the same losing results

    • rabidbillsfan - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:26 PM

      Same loser troll living under the same crappy bridge.

      • President Charles Logan - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:34 PM

        trolls lol .. thats so funny. i always wondered why people refer to other people on message boards as trolls … buffalo fans make it too easy to poke fun at their team , so therefore everyone who doesnt drink that nasty blue and gold kool aid must be a troll

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