Tonawanda News — I question whether Nolan can do that.
Perhaps I'm getting ahead of myself. If this season is lost, and by all accounts it is, maybe Nolan is the perfect choice as interim coach. All the strategy in the world won't matter if players aren't playing hard enough to win. LaFontaine and Nolan spoke of their first objective: a change in culture. If the rest of the year is spent instilling those basic values — hard work, team play, hustle — they will have accomplished something at which their predecessors failed.
In many respects, though the Pegulas have owned the team for two years, Wednesday felt for the first time like they really assumed ownership for its direction.
Of course time will tell how it goes but if reputation is an indication, Pat LaFontaine is a fantastic place to start. For my money, firing Regier and hiring LaFontaine is the smartest thing Terry Pegula has done since he bought the team.
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