The Buffalo Sabres have announced that interim head coach Ron Rolston will lose the interim label and return to the team for the 2013-14 campaign as their new head coach. Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced the move today. He had been on the bench as the interim coach since February 10th after the team fired longtime coach Lindy Ruff.
The team is holding a press conference this morning to officially introduce Rolston as head coach.
Buffalo got off to a slow start under Ruff, but Rolston turned things around a bit and led the team to a 15-11-5 record under his direction. The Sabres finished 12th in the Eastern Conference. Before joining the Sabres as head coach, Rolston was leading the head coach of the Rochester Americans, which are the team’s AHL affiliate.
With a full offseason, a full preseason and the ability to fully command the team, it will be interesting to see how Rolston is able to motivate his Sabres squad and improve for next season.