Buffalo coach Ron Rolston now has to ponder if he wants new assistants. (Marianne Helm/Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
There won’t be many Buffalo Sabres fans left slack-jawed at the news that the team has removed the “interim” from Ron Rolston’s title and made the team’s head coach for next season.
Rolston, who stepped behind the bench in February when Lindy Ruff was let go after more than 14 seasons on the job, did nothing during the stretch run to prove that he wasn’t up to the task. The Sabres, who were 6-10-1 when he took over, finished on a 15-11-5 kick. Not good enough to make the playoff cut in the Eastern Conference, but enough of an improvement to suggest that he could be part of the solution.