Buffalo Sabres: Can Ted Nolan Survive the Season?

November 13th, 2014 by Matt Clouden Leave a reply »
It's certainly no secret that the Buffalo Sabres are a tire fire this season.

One of the few questions that could possibly remain for Sabres fans, aside from how bad the team actually could be, is the fate of head coach Ted Nolan. 

Nolan made a triumphant return to Buffalo last November alongside former Sabre great Pat LaFontaine, and the smile on the coach's face said everything. Nolan had finally made it back to the NHL after a brief stint with the New York Islanders from 2006-08, something that probably seemed extremely unlikely a few years before. 

But that smile faded quickly.

The Sabres finished with a record of 21-51-10, including a 17-39-9 mark under the leadership of Nolan. LaFontaine, who was hired as the president of hockey operations, left the organization in March for reasons that no one is still entirely clear on. 

Yet despite all of that, Nolan was signed to a three-year extension at the end of March. This came as somewhat of a surprise, especially given LaFontaine's exit, but Nolan was given the opportunity to take this full-on rebuild to the contending stage. 

That brings us ...

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