BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Ted Nolan returned to Buffalo thanks to Pat LaFontaine, who played for Nolan in the 1990s, and when named President of Hockey Operations, personally brought Nolan back to serve as interim head co
So LaFontaine’s resignation is really affecting him.
“It was a big surprise for sure,” Nolan said. “It’s tough. It’s tough. I don’t even want to think about it right now to tell you the truth. It’s that tough.”
Nolan says he talked to LaFontaine two days ago, but it had nothing to do with the Ryan Miller-Steve Ott trade.
“That’s beyond my pay-scale, Nolan said. “That’s beyond my control. So i have to respect what happened and have faith it was for the right reasons.”
When asked if LaFontaine’s departure affects whether Nolan would sign a long-term contract:
“Right now i can’t even discuss that. It’s such an emotional roller-coaster,” Nolan said.
Nolan wouldn’t answer the question of whether he wants to stay in Buffalo.
He calls LaFontaine a dear friend, and calls this an emotional time. And he doesn’t want to make an emotional comment.
Nolan says right now he wants to put the team first.
“We traded our franchise player. We traded our captain. That’s tough enough as it is, then all the sudden a situation happens with paddy. So i need to put my personal feelings aside and deal with the team,” Nolan said.