NHL: Sabres remove ‘interim’ tag from Rolston

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— The Buffalo Sabres hired Ron Rolston as head coach after he served the interim position following the firing of Lindy Ruff in February. Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier will hold a news conference today at First Niagara Center to introduce Rolston, the team said. Rolston led the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record after Ruff was fired Feb. 20 following a 6-10-1 performance. Ruff spent 16 years as coach of the Sabres and 10 years as a player. Before being selected interim coach, Rolston had coached the Rochester Americans, Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, since 2011. The Sabres finished 21-21-6 and missed the playoffs for a second straight year and fourth time in six seasons. At the end-of-season news conference last week, Regier said more “suffering” might be in store for Sabres fans before the team can once again be considered a contender. He began a rebuilding plan at the end of last season, and Regier hasn’t said if those plans will include keeping goalie Ryan Miller and leading scorer Thomas Vanek or trading one or both before their contracts expire at the end of next season. Rolston was in his second season coaching Rochester when he was hired as interim head coach in Buffalo. He spent seven seasons as coach of USA Hockey’s national team development program. During that time, he became the first coach to lead the U.S. source: http://bluejacketsxtra.dispatch.com/content/stories/2013/05/07/0507-buffalo-sabres-hire-coach.html

Ron Rolston sheds interim tag with Buffalo Sabres

Under-18 team to win three gold medals (2005, 2009, 2011). He faces a difficult task in Buffalo. Rolston is charged with improving a team that has fallen on hard times after missing the postseason in four of the past six years. Last week at the season-ending press conference, Regier used the words “patience” and “suffering” while discussing the long-term turnaround. “In life I think the big thing is struggling isn’t an option, I think it’s a requirement,” Rolston said. “From where we’re at, patience is a really hard thing for our society in general, especially with the fans in Buffalo, what kind of team they want to have. They expect something that we’re going to provide for them. “So the patience is in the process of how we have to go about that and how we have to keep moving on the path that we’re on.” Rolston takes over a young Sabres team that could get even younger. The status of Buffalo’s two best players, goalie Ryan Miller and leading scorer Thomas Vanek, is in question as the Sabres begin the rebuilding process. Regier hasn’t ruled out trading one or both as they enter the final year of their contracts. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-07/ron-rolston-buffalo-sabres-interim-coach-tag-removed-lindy-ruff-darcy-regier-rya

Buffalo Sabres hires Ron Rolston as head coach after ending season as interim replacement

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.

He becomes the 16th head coach in Sabres history. “When we first brought Ron in as the interim coach that was the intention, to interview other candidates,” Sabres general manager Darcy Regier said. “As it progressed and seeing Ron’s interaction with the team, both as a teacher and a motivator … for me personally it became more and more evident that he was a very good fit not only for the present but for the future.” Rolston was the only candidate considered for the job by the Sabres. He led Buffalo to a 15-11-5 record after being promoted from Buffalo’s AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. The team began the season with a 6-10-1 start that led to the firing of Ruff, the longtime Sabres coach. Ruff spent 16 years as coach of the Sabres and 10 years as a player. “It’s both exciting and humbling to be the head coach of such a great organization,” Rolston said. “For me, coming in as an interim coach, it’s allowed me the opportunity to get familiar with the organization, the players, the capabilities and the potential here.” The 46-year-old Rolston is known for his teaching abilities and attention to detail. He joined the Sabres organization in 2011 as coach of the Americans after spending seven seasons as head coach of USA Hockey’s national team development program. During that time, he became first coach to lead the U.S. source: http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2013/05/07/buffalo_sabres_hires_ron_rolston_as_head_coach_after_ending_season_as_interim_replacement.html

 

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