Buffalo, NY (WBEN) According to Buffalo Sabres President, Ted Black, Pat LaFontaine resigned his post as President of Hockey Operations and was not fired. Black, who along with General Manager, Tim Murray meet with the media Sunday at First Niagara Center and said there was "no discord" between LaFontaine and the organization prior to his resignation on Saturday. "The how and why, I can't speak to anyone's motives with regard to wanting to go back and work for the NHL or relocate families here, things like that."
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Black said the team was comfortable going forward without a person in the role that LaFontaine held and the related duties will be carried out by Murray in his position as General Manager. Craig Patrick will stay on board as an advisor to the team.
When it comes to the coaching future of Ted Nolan, Murray said that, "..we want him (Nolan) to come back." Asked if he was concerned that Nolan was upset by Lafontaine's departure and if that would impact on his decision to stay with the team long-term, Murray replied, " I just want people who want to be here to be here. If he wants to be here, I want him to be our coach. I'm not going to beg anybody to come and work here. I want people that want to be here, I want players that want to be here and we want Teddy to be our coach going forward."