By John Vogl
The finalization of Ted Nolan's contract today is more of a start than a finish. It allows the Sabres and their fans to know that an important position -- head coach -- is stable after a wild year of uncertainty and down times in Sabreland.
âIâm really excited about going with the next step,â Nolan said this afternoon during a joint news conference with General Manager Tim Murray. âHopefully, one day weâll battle for a championship.â
Nolan will be on board for the next three seasons after signing a long-awaited contract extension, which removed his interim status. Murray didnât have a âEureka!â moment when came to deciding Nolan should stick around. Rather, the GM saw a talent-lacking squad respond to its coach on a daily basis.
âEvery day has been a trying situation,â Murray said in First Niagara Center. âThereâs been very few games we havenât been competitive.
âFrom the players, all Iâve heard is positives.â
Dealing with the players is the next step. Murray and Nolan, a pair of midseason replacements, are aware the roster will need an overhaul for Nolan to do the best job possible.
âWe have to get him better players,â Murray said.
The full news conference is available below.