Sabres coach Nolan to stay for 3 yearsSabres coach Ted Nolan will keep building what he started in Buffalo, New York - minus the interim tag. Nolan is staying on as the head coach beyond this season after signing a three-year contract extension Monday.
The deal comes four and a half months after Nolan returned to Buffalo for a second stint - this time, initially, on an interim basis. And it’s a reward for Nolan, who has provided a spark to a young, patchwork lineup on a last-place team.
“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. “I’m excited by the challenge facing our team and our organization. And I’m truly thankful to have this opportunity.’’
The extension was more of a formality than a surprise. The two sides established the framework of a contract about a month ago and agreed to the deal in principle last week.
Nolan took over in mid-November after coach Ron Rolston was fired along with general manager Darcy Regier after Buffalo got off to a franchise-worst 4-15-1 start.
The Sabres (20-45-9) haven’t done much better at 16-30-8 under Nolan and are likely to finish in last place with only two weeks left in the season.