BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - On Sunday afternoon the Sabres president, Ted Black, addressed the sudden resignation of Pat LaFontaine, who was the President of Hockey Operations for the Sabres. Black did not provide an explanation as to what led to the departure.
Black said, “Pat resigned and I can’t address the twitterverse and the speculation.”
There is a speculation of conflict among members of the front office, which neither Black nor General Manager Tim Murray would discuss. LaFontaine will return to his former position with the NHL.
“The how and why, I can’t speak to anyone’s motives to wanting to go back to the NHL,” Black told the media.
Despite the fact that LaFontaine was a major decision maker within the organization, bringing in head coach Ted Nolan and general manager Tim Murray during his short tenure, Black claims his departure will not have a large impact on the team’s mission going forward.
“I don’t know that it impacts the greater mission and will deter us. I think we are very excited about the return we got on the trades, for Ryan and Steve,” Black said.
The team does not intend to fill LaFontaine’s position.