Report: Sabres fire assistant coaches

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The changes come two days after Rolston took over the job on a permanent basis. He closed the season going 15-11-5 as the team’s interim coach in replacing Lindy Ruff, who was fired in February. The shuffle does not come as a surprise. Rolston indicated he was going to spend the next few weeks putting together his staff. Both Patrick and Adams were holdovers from Ruff’s tenure, and were both responsible for working behind the bench. Patrick had completed his seventh season in Buffalo, where he had become Ruff’s top assistant. He’s a former defenseman who enjoyed a 21-season NHL career split between four teams, including the Sabres. Adams is a former NHL forward, who spent 10 seasons playing in the NHL. From the Buffalo area, he had completed his fourth season with the Sabres organization, including the past two as an assistant coach. See the best action photos from the Eastern Conference first round . source:

NHL: On emotional night, Sabres beat Bruins in shootout

The Bruins quickly gave their fans something to cheer about when Daniel Paille scored his ninth goal of the season just 5:15 in. Vanek tied it with his Buffalo-leading 17th goal on a power play at 18:20 of the first. Chris Kelly then scored the go-ahead goal, his third tally of the season, at 14:48 of the second. “We wanted to go out there and win that hockey game. I’m disappointed that we didn’t,” Kelly said. “We wanted to give the city something to be happy about.” Boston moved into second place in the Eastern Conference with 57 points and six games left. The Canadiens, who lost to Pittsburgh earlier Wednesday, have five games remaining. The Bruins had been scheduled to play at home against the Ottawa Senators on Monday night. But less than five hours before the game was to start, the bombs exploded. That game was postponed and rescheduled for April 28. The Celtics’ scheduled home game on Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers was cancelled and won’t be rescheduled. source:

Buffalo Sabres Smart to Keep Ron Rolston

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. If Buffalo keeps Vanek and Miller around however, I could see the Sabres having a chance at the final playoff spot next season even with the new realignment. The Sabres should be very happy with their decision to retain Rolston. source:

Buffalo Sabres name Ron Rolston head coach, as the rebuild begins

As Regier said in his contentious postseason press conference: “Ron’s situation will be that he and I will sit down over the next week, maybe couple of weeks, re-evaluate the season and have discussions about our relationship going forward,” Regier added, “I would add that I think he did a very good job under trying circumstances, but again, we’ll address that down the road.” Rolston coached this Sabres team back to the playoff bubble at a time when it was trading away assets – Jason Pominville, Jordan Leopold, Robyn Regehr – and in the swirl of emotion that followed Ruff’s dismissal. But here’s why he was hired: Because the Sabres are rebuilding, and because he’s someone that’ll never try to override Regier. Rolston’s background is as a coach of younger players, be it his two years with Rochester in the AHL or his several seasons coaching the U.S. Under-18 team, earning three gold medals. [Also: Leafs fan risks international scorn with ‘Toronto Stronger’ sign ] Hence, if the Sabres are going into a rebuild – and even Regier admitted they were – Rolston might be the best choice to continue coaching the veterans while attempting to turn the younger players into a solid foundation for the franchise. From Matthew Coller of WGR: Who else would you rather see work with Grigorenko when he returns as a 19-year-old? Or Larsson when he’s ready? Who else would you rather see teach Cody Hodgson how to play in his own end or push Tyler Ennis to properly backcheck? Who better to fix Tyler Myers’ broken game than the guy who’s known for teaching immature players to grow up? But the choice is also Rolston because it’s a safe, non-threatening choice for Regier. The one name associated with this opening was Patrick Roy , and that’s the antithesis of what Regier’s looking for, which is coach more easily controlled. source:


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