shook up their front office and looked to their past to improve their prospects for the future.
Team owner Terry Pegula fired
The changes were announced Wednesday, about 12 hours after the Sabres defeated the
Nolan later coached the
for two seasons, guiding them to the playoffs once.
"I don't know there's enough words inside me to express how excited I really am," Nolan said Wednesday at a news conference in Buffalo. "I may have left physically, but emotionally and spiritually I never left. It's a big part of who I am."
LaFontaine, who played for the Sabres, Islanders and
"We've got a lot of work in front of us. We have to be patient, smart, selective," LaFontaine said. "It's not going to happen overnight but I can tell you this: We'll get the right people."