Buffalo, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The Buffalo Sabres have appointed Ted Nolan as permanent coach, removing the interim tag the team gave him last year.
The team did not release full details of the contract extension but media reports have it that Nolan signed a three-year deal.
“We are very happy to get this deal done and have Ted Nolan as our permanent head coach going forward,” Sabres general manager Tim Murray said in a release from the club. “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,” Murray added.
Nolan replaced Ron Rolston earlier this season as the Sabres fired the coach and general manager Darcy Regier after struggling during the first five weeks of the season.
It is Nolan’s second stint with the club. From 1995-97, Nolan coached the team to a 73-72-19 record. In the 1996-97 season the Sabres won the Northeast Division and Nolan was rewarded with the Jack Adams Award, the first in the history of the franchise.
“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,” he added.
Nolan also spent two seasons as head coach of the New York Islanders, guiding the Islanders to a 74-68-21 record during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons. In 381 NHL games with the Sabres and New York Islanders, Nolan is 163-170-48.