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NHL Roundup: Sabres front office shakeup, Hejduk ready to retire

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The Buffalo Sabres announced major changes in their front-office staff on Wednesday that included the ouster of coach Ron Rolston and general manager Darcy Regier.

The team named former coach Ted Nolan as interim replacement for Rolston and former Sabres player Pat LaFontaine will serve as president of team operations.

The Sabres are struggling this season with a 4-15-1 record and nine points after 20 games.

LaFontaine played for Buffalo from 1991 to 1997 and had his number retired by the franchise after scoring 158 goals and 385 points in 268 games, including a franchise-record 148 points in 1992-93.

LaFontaine will lead the search for a new general manager to replace Regier. LaFontaine's administrative role is a position that was created for him. He had worked for the NHL since October as a vice president of development and community affairs.

Nolan coached the Sabres during a portion of LaFontaine's time as a player. He was named coach of the year in the NHL in 1997 after guiding the Sabres to a 40-30-12 record but was fired after the season. Since 2011, Nolan has coached Latvia's national team and will be behind its bench for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Rolston replaced the fired Lindy Ruff in February and had a 19-26-6 record.

---Former Colorado Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk plans to announce his retirement soon.

Hejduk, 37, told iSport, a Czech publication, that he has known for a while that he is not returning to the ice but held off on going public with the news at his agent's request.

Hejduk would have preferred to end his career with a winning season, but the Avalanche finished with the second-worst record in the NHL in 2013.

"Last year I played, I was too old," Hejduk told iSport. "My God. Sometimes I had to stop. But absolutely nothing I miss."

Hejduk played in 29 games in the lockout-shortened 2013 season, scored four goals and seven assists. He joined the Avs in the 1998-99 season and his career highlights include a league-leading 50 goals in 2002-03.

In 1,020 career games, the three-time NHL All-Star produced 375 goals and 430 assists. He also helped lead the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup title in 2001.
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