The Buffalo Sabres have fired GM Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston, the hiring of Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations, and Ted Nolan as interim head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s full scale panic time for Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. There’s no better way of putting this.
Look, there’s no question Regier, after 17 seasons, had to go as GM. Rolston was clearly over his head as an NHL head coach. Hiring LaFontaine, he has about six weeks of front office experience with the New York Islanders, seems done more to appease the Sabres fans than anything which can improve how the Sabres are rebuilt.
LaFontaine said he’ll be searching for Regier’s replacement. Hopefully he’ll land someone who can finally right this sinking ship.
Nolan is a good coach (former Adams winner in 19997) with a good reputation of working well with young players, but he also has a reputation for clashing with management, which might not make him the best fit for the Sabres at this volatile time. For now, at least, he’s behind the Sabres bench on an interim basis.