Sabres Hire LaFontaine, Nolan in Shakeup After NHL’s Worst Start

NHL Hall of Famer Pat LaFontaine
National Hockey League Hall of Fame player Pat LaFontaine played seven seasons for the Buffalo Sabres as part of a 15-year career that also included eight years with the New York Islanders. Photographer: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The Buffalo Sabres fired General Manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston, replacing them with National Hockey League Hall of Fame player Pat LaFontaine and former coach Ted Nolan.

The Sabres have the worst record in the NHL, 4-15-1, with one victory at home.

LaFontaine, 48, who spent the past two months working in the NHL’s corporate offices as a director of hockey development, will be the Sabres’ president of hockey operations and in charge of finding the team’s new general manager. LaFontaine played seven seasons for the Sabres as part of a 15-year career that also included eight years with the New York Islanders.

Regier, 56, had been GM for 16 years, the longest such tenure in the Sabres’ 43-year history.

Nolan, 55, who was named interim coach, served as Buffalo’s coach from 1995 to 1997. He had been coaching the Latvian men’s national team.

“It’s great to be back,” Nolan said. “Hopefully I can bring some credibility back into this organization. There aren’t enough words in me to explain how excited I am.”

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