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Sabres fire GM Regier, head coach Rolston

By THOMAS ADAMS - 11/13/2013 4:58:01 PM

Embattled general manager Darcy Regier was fired Wednesday by the Buffalo Sabres, with Pat LaFontaine named president of hockey operations.

Former Rochester Americans executive Ted Nolan will return to the Sabres as interim coach in place of former Amerks coach Ron Rolston, who also was let go.

Sabres owner Terrence Pegula announced the changes during a news conference Wednesday morning.

Rolston coached Rochester for two seasons before replacing Lindy Ruff as the Sabres coach last February.

LaFontaine is one of the most popular players in Sabres history. He was traded from the New York Islanders early in the 1991 seasons and was with Buffalo until being traded to the New York Rangers in 1997 after suffering a severe concussion.

He retired in 1999 after another concussion in March 1998.

LaFontaine rejoins the Sabres after serving as vice president of development and community affairs for the National Hockey League.

LaFontaine will work with assistant general manager Kevin Devine and also search for a new general manager, information on the Sabres website states.

Nolan coached the Sabres for two seasons, and was named NHL Coach of the Year in 1996-97. He left the team after refusing a one-year contract extension from Regier after Regier was named general manager.

Nolan was named vice president of hockey operations for Rochester in July 2009 and was with the Amerks for two seasons until Pegula bought the franchise in 2011 and merged the front office with the Sabres.

Rochester is the American Hockey League affiliate of the Sabres.

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