On Wednesday, the Buffalo Sabres breathed optimism into a sad-sack season by naming Ted Nolan their new head coach and franchise legend Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations.
So… now what?
On Thursday, Brough and I tried to answer that. In speaking with NBC’s Kay Adams, we discussed the challenges ahead for both Nolan and LaFontaine, which include:
— Raising Buffalo’s competitiveness (or, for you sports jargon enthusiasts, compete level).
— Finding a GM to replace Darcy Regier.
— Figuring out what to do with pending UFAs Ryan Miller, Matt Moulson and Steve Ott.
— Prepare for the ’14 Draft.
— Figure out how to improve player development for prospects currently in the system.
All that and more, in the latest edition of PHT Extra…