Sabres coach won’t say if he wants to stay in Buffalo

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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