Sabres’ coach Rolston sheds interim tag

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Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Rolston becomes the 16th coach in the history of the franchise. Photo: David Duprey

Photo: David Duprey Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news… Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Rolston becomes the 16th coach in the history of the franchise. Photo: David Duprey Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news… Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Rolston becomes the 16th coach in the history of the franchise. Photo: David Duprey Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news… Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news conference in Buffalo, N.Y., Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Rolston becomes the 16th coach in the history of the franchise. Photo: David Duprey Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston speaks during an NHL hockey news… source: http://www.sfgate.com/sports/article/Sabres-coach-Rolston-sheds-interim-tag-4494747.php

Buffalo Sabres Smart to Keep Ron Rolston

Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports It was obviously not a real good season for the Buffalo Sabres . Buffalo fired long-time coach Lindy Ruff in February and replaced him with Ron Rolston on an interim basis. The interim tag was taken off of Rolston this week, and that was the best decision for the Sabres moving forward. He was able to get a team that was torn apart at the trade deadline to play with effort and ability for the remaining games of a lost season. The Sabres were 15-11-5 after Rolston took over, and if you spread that over a full season, Buffalo would be right there in the playoff chase. The biggest question that is going to face Rolston when next season begins is if he will still have his last two remaining stars in Thomas Vanek and Ryan Miller. There has been talk that one or both could be traded in the offseason to bring in even more young talent. The Sabres are already a young team, and making those trades would just make the rebuilding process go even longer. Rolston is the guy who needs to be in charge if that happens. It looked to me that Rolston connected with the players in Buffalo as the season went on. It may not have led to the team making the playoffs, but it did lead to a successful rest of the year. source: http://www.rantsports.com/nhl/2013/05/09/buffalo-sabres-smart-to-keep-ron-rolston/

Buffalo Sabres in World Championships, Day 7

Other goals for Latvia came from Martins Cipulis and team captain Lauris Darzins, who had a hat trick during today’s game. On the other end of the ice, Andrej Sekera had no points and no shots in today’s game. He was a minus-3 and was on the ice for three of Latvia’s five goals. Sekera led his team with over 25 minutes of ice time during today’s game. Sekera is joined by Florida Panthers forward Tomas Kopecky, representing the NHL on Team Slovakia. Latvia does not play tomorrow, but will face Germany – and Buffalo Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff – on May 11. Slovakia is right back in action tomorrow as they face the Austrian squad. Jhonas Enroth was also in action today, as Sweden faced Canada in IIHF World Championships action. Enroth played 50:48 before being relieved by Florida Panthers goaltender Jacob Markstrom. Enroth allowed three goals on 25 shots; Steven Stamkos, Luke Schenn and Jordan Staal scored for Canada. Sweden is also off tomorrow but will face Slovenia on May 11. source: http://sabrenoise.com/2013/05/09/buffalo-sabres-in-world-championships-day-7/

SABRES REMOVE INTERIM TITLE FROM ROLSTON

“For me, coming in as an interim coach has allowed me the opportunity to get familiar with the organization and the players. The capabilities and potential here are very exciting for myself. I’ll certainly take great pride and work extremely hard for the organization to get to where we need to go, and where we all want to go.” Rolston, a native of Fenton, MI., guided the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record in the 31 games he served as interim head coach this season. Prior to joining the Sabres in February, he was the head coach of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) for the past two seasons, compiling a 63-44-17 regular-season record, and guiding the Amerks to a playoff appearance in his rookie year. Before joining the Americans as head coach in 2011, Rolston spent seven seasons as head coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, where he became the first coach in U.S. history to lead the United States Under-18 team to three gold medals (2005, 2009, 2011) at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 Championship, while adding a silver medal (2007) in his other appearance as head coach. In addition to coaching at the Under-18 and Under-17 levels, Rolston also served as head coach for the U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF U20 World Championship in 2007 and 2009. In 2007, he led Team USA to the bronze medal. Rolston joined USA Hockey after serving as an assistant coach at four different NCAA Division I hockey programs (Lake Superior State University, 1990-1995; Clarkson University, 1996-1999; Harvard University, 1999-2002; Boston College, 2002-2004) between 1990 and 2004, winning National Championships in 1992 and 1994 with Lake Superior State University. “I think that, starting with when he took over the hockey club, I was very impressed with the work he did individually and with the players,” stated general manager Darcy Regier. “I think that Ron has prepared himself very well over the last 20-plus years. source: http://sabres.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=669525

 

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