Tonawanda News


May 7, 2013

Sabres' coach Rolston sheds interim tag


Tonawanda News — "In life I think the big thing is struggling isn't an option, I think it's a requirement," Rolston said. "From where we're at, patience is a really hard thing for our society in general, especially with the fans in Buffalo, what kind of team they want to have. They expect something that we're going to provide for them.

"So the patience is in the process of how we have to go about that and how we have to keep moving on the path that we're on."

Rolston takes over a young Sabres team that could get even younger. The status of Buffalo's two best players, goalie Ryan Miller and leading scorer Thomas Vanek, is in question as the Sabres begin the rebuilding process. Regier hasn't ruled out trading one or both as they enter the final year of their contracts.

"We would love to have them be a part of our opening day lineup, but they have decisions to make and from there the organization has to make decisions on how to move from that," Rolston said.

Rolston has a multi-year contract that began when he took over as interim coach, Regier said. Neither would disclose the exact length of the deal.

Rolston expects to pick the rest of his coaching staff within the next week.

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