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Sabres announce extension for Nolan

The Buffalo Sabres announced Monday morning that they have agreed to a contract extension with coach Ted Nolan.

Nolan coaches the Sabres for two seasons in 1995-96 and 1996-97, then he was hired again in November after the organization parted ways with GM Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston.

“We are very happy to get this deal done and have Ted Nolan as our permanent head coach going forward,” GM Tim Murray said per release. “Teddy has proven time and again that he is an exceptional leader, motivator and teacher. He is exactly what we need in a head coach for our hockey team and we’re confident in his ability to guide our players and turn this team around.”

The Sabres' coach won the Jack Adams Award in 1997.

“I said back in November that it was a dream to be able to come back and coach the Sabres and that’s still true today,” Nolan said. “Hockey is my life and Buffalo is a special place for hockey. I’m excited by the challenge facing our team and our organization and I’m truly thankful to have this opportunity.”

The deal is for a reported three years.

Nolan and Murray discussed the extension on Hockey Hotline:

Ted Nolan joined Schopp & The Bulldog: