Both Sabres Owner Terry Pegula and Pat LaFontaine have issued statments through the team.
"I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization. Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as GM & Craig Patrick will continue as Senior Hockey Advisor. As has been the case since I bought the team, we’ll continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild the organization & keep it on path towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.” – Sabres Owner Terry Pegula
LaFontaine was hired back on November 13, 2013. The former Sabre was brought in by Terry Pegula to change the culture of the team.
"Terry Pegula hired me in Nov. and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition. I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive." - Pat LaFontaine
"It's going to take a team from top to bottom, and we don't have all the pieces in place," LaFontaine said back on that day. "I asked Teddy to come in and change the culture, get everyone on board. I'll work on my side and put the pieces together. My goal is to get the best men out there and build a championship-caliber team."
LaFontaine will resume his previous role in the NHL.