AHLBuffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced on Wednesday night that Rochester Americans coach Ron Rolston will replace veteran head coach Lindy Ruff, becoming the interim head coach of the team with a chance to earn the permanent job.
“He will be the interim for the rest of the season. It will provide him and us an opportunity to get to know each other,” said Regier, who relieved Ruff of his head coaching duties after nearly 16 years at the helm.
Rolston takes over a team that's 6-10-1, and in a 3-7 tailspin.
“I saw his team play in Hamilton the other afternoon. His teams play with structure, discipline. They have a good work ethic," said Regier.
On Ruff's firing, Regier said it was a organizational decision.
“Ultimately it was my decision, but these things are not done in a vacuum,” said Regier, who said president Ted Black and owner Terry Pegula had input on the decision.
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