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Monday, March 31, 2014
The Buffalo Sabres have removed the word "interim" from coach Ted Nolan's title as of this morning.
The Sabres announced the deal — reportedly a three-year extension — this morning via Twitter (see above).

Nolan has served as interim coach of the Sabres since Nov. 13 when the front office was shaken up. At that time Coach Ron Rolston was let go from the team and Nolan was brought in along with Patrick LaFontaine, who was made president of hockey operations. LaFontaine left the team on March 1.

“We are very happy to get this deal done and have Ted Nolan as our permanent head coach going forward,” said Sabres general manager Tim Murray. “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.”

“I said back in November that it was a dream to be able to come back and coach the Sabres and that’s still true today,” Nolan said. “Hockey is my life and Buffalo is a special place for hockey. I’m excited by the challenge facing our team and our organization and I’m truly thankful to have this opportunity.”

Nolan's previous stint with the Sabres resulted in a 73-72-19 record in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons. He was the franchise’s first Jack Adams Award winner following a first-place Northeast Division finish in 1996-97. He left the team after 1997 and later spent two seasons as head coach of the New York Islanders, during which the Islanders had a 74-68-21 record during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. Nolan's overall NHL record is 163-170-48.



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