It’s been in the work for what seems like forever, but today new broke that Ted Nolan and the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms on what has been rumored to be a three-year extension. For Nolan this is his chance to prove he has what it takes to return the Blue and Gold to a respectable NHL franchise.
This is Nolan’s second time as Head Coach of the Sabres. He was behind the bench from 1995-1997; his coaching career came to a halt at the end of the 97 season. Nolan turned down a one-year extension, and was not seen around the NHL until he landed with the New York Islanders in 2006. Nolan is known as a coach that find a way to get more out a player than the player knew he had. For the Sabres hopefully that is true.
“We are very happy to get this deal done and have Ted Nolan as our permanent head coach going forward,” Murray said. “Teddy has proven time and again that he is an exceptional leader, motivator and teacher. He is exactly what we need in a head coach for our hockey team and we’re confident in his ability to guide our players and turn this team around.” [Buffalo Sabres]
It is going to take a lot of time, and a lot of moving parts to get the Sabres back in the mix, and Nolan has at least shown he can get some players to start working hard again. If he is going to succeed as the Sabres head man is any ones guess. But, it is not going to be a one person show. The Sabres will need to give Nolan the tools he needs for this “experiment” to work. With what is sure to be a high draft pick in 2014 and a high pick in 2015 the Sabres have the start of a rebuilding blue-print.
After what has been a crazy year in Buffalo, it’s nice that the team finally has the Front Office figured out, and the on ice General is set to go. It would be a nice site for Sabres fans to see their team be a contender again. I do have one concern with Nolan as the coach. Part of me needs to ask is this a PR mover or what is really best for the Sabres?
I guess it really doesn’t matter what the reason for hiring Nolan is. If the team turns it around the Sabres will look like one of the smartest teams in the NHL, and if it fails, they made the fans happy for a little while.