Ron Rolston sheds interim tag with Buffalo Sabres

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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. 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. source: http://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-07/ron-rolston-buffalo-sabres-interim-coach-tag-removed-lindy-ruff-darcy-regier-rya

AP Source: Sabres fire assistants Patrick, Adams

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. Longtime goalie coach Jim Corsi and assistant coach Teppo Numminen were expected to be retained by Rolston. Corsi completed his 15th season in Buffalo, a stretch during which he’s coached former starter Dominik Hasek and now Ryan Miller. Both Corsi and Numminen worked games from the press box level. source: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2013/hockey/nhl/wires/05/09/2040.ap.hkn.sabres.assistant.coaches.1st.ld.writethru.0431/index.html

Buffalo Sabres hire Rolston as head coach

— 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 Tuesday 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://aol.sportingnews.com/nhl/story/2013-05-07/buffalo-sabres-hire-rolston-as-head-coach

 

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