(NEW YORK) — The Buffalo Sabres fired coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier on Wednesday after beggining the season with the worst start in franchise history.
Buffalo will bring back Ted Nolan as interim coach and former Sabres star Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations.
Nolan coached the team from 1995 to 1997 and won the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 1997.
“The number one thing I’ll be doing with the hockey team is sitting down with a lot of the players individually and finding out what type of people they are first,” Nolan said. “See if they’re willing to commit the attitude and desire we need to bring a championship here to Buffalo.”
“I want people who compete,” Nolan continued.
LaFontaine was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and was one of the Sabres’ stars from 1991-1997.
“It’s going to take a team from top to bottom and we don’t have all the pieces in place,” LaFontaine said. “I asked Teddy to come in and change the culture [in the locker room], get everyone on board. I’ll work on my side and put the pieces together. My goal is to get the best men out there and build a championship-caliber team.”
The Sabres are off to a 4-15-1 start.
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Jill Martin, CNN