Hockey Guy: Firings continue as Sabres clean house Live

With the losses mounting in the NHL's dreadful Eastern Conference this season, heads must roll.

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette was the first to go this season. Hapless Panthers coach Kevin Dineen was next, with general manager Dale Tallon scrambling to keep his own gig.

Now the Sabres have hit the reset button by hiring St. Louis native Pat LaFontaine as the new president of hockey operations. Gone are coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier, whose excellent Matt Moulson deal was not enough to save this job.

Regier went on a spending spree when new owner Terry Pegula bought the team. The Sabres went bad last season and got worse in this campaign.

So now LaFontaine is in charge and Ted Nolan -- remember him? -- will move in behind the bench as the interim coach. Both are Buffalo fan favorites from back in the day, when LaFontaine was an explosive scorer and Nolan was a fiery leader.

LaFontaine is looking for a GM to manage the daily hockey operations while he learns the ropes and manages the big picture.


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