The Buffalo Sabres have fired General Manager Darcy Regier and Head Coach Ron Rolston, after a franchise-worst 4-15-1 start.
“We’re about winning, creating a winning franchise, and today we take a huge step forward in that effort,” said Sabres President Ted Black.
Sabres owner Terry Pegula announced today that he relieved Regier and Rolston of their duties following last night’s win versus the Los Angeles Kings.
“My goals for this organization have not changed,” said Pegula. “We know what that means.”
To replace Rolston, ex-Sabres head coach and Ted Nolan returns in an interim basis.
“It is an honor to come back to the city that I may have left physically, but emotionally & spiritually, I never really left,” said Nolan.
For the first time in franchise history, the Buffalo Sabres have hired a President of Hockey Operations.
Sabres legend Pat LaFontaine has been named to this position.
“I can promise you the hard work and passion that’s here,” said LaFontaine. “I’ll give that same effort in my new job.”
LaFontaine began the season working for the NHL, in a “variety of capacities”. He also served as a special advisor to New York Islanders owner Charles Wang for six weeks.
As of today, the Sabres do not have a general manager but LaFontaine has “a short list” of people who he will look into hiring.
Stay tuned to Sabres Hockey Central for the latest on this breaking news story.