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from John Vogl of hte Buffalo News,
Nolan knows the easiest person to change is the coach, though there are no signs the staff is on the way out for the rebuilding team.
"The old slogan in sports is the easiest guy to change is the coach," Nolan said. "That’s the easy way. I’ve seen it done lots of times, and is it the right thing to do? I’m not too sure, but that’s just the fact in our business.
"The one thing we are doing, we’re not quitting. We’re not coming here and worrying about that. I’m worrying about how we can get this thing turned around."
Nolan's biggest complaint with the Sabres, who are 1-12-1 in their last 14 games, is they aren't listening to his teaching.
"You take the horse to the well, and it’s up to him to bend over and drink it," Nolan said. "You can’t force someone to do something. You can ask him and ask him.
"People are not scoring, you’re not scoring for a reason. You’re not paying the price to score. You’re not getting the puck out along the boards. You’re not paying the price to get it out along the boards. Enough talking, we have to start doing."
“The American League guys came up from Rochester and you get a chance. You don’t hope to do OK. You’ve got to give something more, especially when you’re depleted the way we are. They didn’t play like they wanted to stay here.”
-Ted Nolan, head coach of the Buffalo Sabres after a 6-3 loss to the Detroit Red Wings. More from Nolan and the game by Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
Ted Nolan as the Buffalo Sabres prepare to face the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight.
"... We're in a big boys league here now..."
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
If there's one thing Jordan Nolan learned through the years, it's that he can't slack off when his dad is around. Working hard means the world to Ted Nolan. The Sabres' coach believes an honest effort can lead to great things.
Jordan Nolan is living proof.
The 25-year-old forward has two champion rings with the Los Angeles Kings. Though not the most talented player on the Stanley Cup-winning roster, Nolan gets by with size and a determined work ethic -- two things he got from his dad.
"He’s pretty honest," Jordan Nolan said today. "He’s pretty black and white, but he’s also always pushing me to get better and always there to support me if I have something to talk about. If I’m not working hard, that’s his main thing. He’ll let me know."
Well he is about to tell you...
“We do everything in our power to stop an offensive guy from scoring goals,. We do things to break a system, yet when we have fighters on another team we want to fight him? I don’t know why. …
“There’s a purpose for aggressive play, but there has to be a purpose (for fighting) — without it there’s no reason to do it.”
-Ted Nolan, head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. More from Nolan and a few other coaches by Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
NHL.com's "30 in 30" series focuses on the Buffalo Sabres today, with the team's top prospects, Anthony Stewart's presence and steps that need to be taken by both in-the-lineup players like Tyler Myers and top picks like Sam Reinhart faring significantly into the probability of the team turning itself around this upcoming season. The "hook" regarding today's articles comes in the form of surprising comments come from Sabres coach Ted Nolan and the aforementioned Stewart, who issue "We're not that far off" comments to NHL.com's Jon Lane:
Following what he called a "completely unacceptable" season, [Sabres GM Tim] Murray refused to buy into a five-year rebuild and accelerated the Sabres' reconstruction with the signing of five free agents on July 1.
"Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim's mouth was when he said 'five years,'" said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. "Who knows what's going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we're battling for what everybody wants, and that's the Stanley Cup."
added 8:24am, Official press release is below...
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's Hockey World mega-column's been chopped into 4 bite-size blog entries, and this week, he has a conversation with Nashville Predators GM David Poile, he suggests that the Oilers ought to draft Leon Draisaitl over Aaron Eklbad at the 2014 draft, and amongst his "This 'n' that" notes...
Ted Nolan will likely be getting a three-year contract from the Buffalo Sabres when they return from their Western Conference road swing, which earns a two-thumbs up from Drew Stafford. “He’s a great motivator; he’s extremely simple on his philosophies,” said Stafford, who has been in Buffalo for eight seasons. “He tells us, ‘Look what you get to do for a living … it’s a special opportunity, don’t take it for granted. Show up and compete for a couple of hours.”
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from John Vogl of Sabres Edge,
Halak and Stewart, acquired from St. Louis on Friday in the deal that sent Ryan Miller and Steve Ott to the Blues, practiced with the Sabres for the first time today. It's entirely possible it was the only practice they'll ever have in First Niagara Center. Ottawa is highly interested in acquiring Stewart before Wednesday's trade deadline, while the Star-Tribune in Minnesota reports the Wild are hot for Halak.
"I’m happy to be here right now, and we’ll see what’s going to happen a few days from now if I’m still here," Halak said. "Anything can happen from now on. We’ve got three more days before the trade deadline, and we’ll see."
Halak, a pending unrestricted free agent, is 24-9-4 with a 2.23 goals-against average and .917 save percentage. Minnesota likely isn't the only club that would be interested in the goaltender....
"You hear about all the rumors," Stewart said. "As long as I’m here, I’m going to focus 100 percent of my energy on winning hockey games for the Buffalo Sabres."
Ted Nolan spoke after practice today, you can wath the video below...
Mike Babcock, coach of Team Canada and Ted Nolan, coach ofTeam Latvia, met with the media for just over 13 minutes after Canada's 2-1 win.
You can watch it below...
from Marcus Hayes of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Their ancestors helped develop the game centuries ago. There have been Indians in the NHL for 60 years.
But not until today will two Natives meet as head coaches in the NHL.
They are First Nations men, to be precise; that is the correct nomenclature in Canada. Sabres coach Ted Nolan is an Ojibwe from Ontario. Flyers coach Craig Berube is part Cree, and from Alberta.
"It's huge," Nolan said upon his arrival in Philadelphia yesterday. "The significance of it is not really what it means to me, or Craig Berube, but what it means when you think of what our ancestors went through."
“I’ve been fortunate to do some things in life, but nothing compares to watching your son do it. I never would have dreamed about this in my life. I was nervous. I was a parent. That was a great feeling, to watch your son go through something like this—being a parent versus being a coach and walking through it with him. It was a great experience and I’ll never forget it.”
-Ted Nolan speaking about his son Jordan. More from Dan Rosen of NHL.com.
from Martin Merk of IIHF.com,
The Latvian Hockey Federation announced on Wednesday following an extra-ordinary board meeting that Ted Nolan will be hired as national team coach for the upcoming season.
The 53-year-old will succeed Olegs Znaroks, whose contract was not renewed after five years following the 13th-place finish at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
from Canada Newswire,
In an exclusive with PuckLife Magazine, NHL pariah and lightning rod Ted Nolan comes clean on racism, sleeping with player’s wives and his controversial last days in Buffalo.
“Whenever this comes up, it’s always they said this or that. You know, never has anyone stood by what is said. Things like I was sleeping with player’s wives, getting drunk at practice, I mean, I think that is a directly racist comment. If someone could just stand by it, fine, it would be my word against theirs, but we can’t even do that”.
Nolan goes on to discuss why he hasn’t received another NHL head coaching offer since he left the New York Islanders in 2007-08.
Ted Nolan is back with the Rochester Americans as the vice president of hockey operations.
via the Sault Star,
Legendary Soo Greyhounds head coach Ted Nolan is expected to return to the hockey Wednesday, following the expiry of his contract with the NHL’s New York Islanders.
Nolan, a former Jack Adams Trophy winner as NHL coach of the year, was fired by the New York Islanders prior to the 2008-09 season.
Reached Tuesday, the 51-year-old native of Garden River refused to confirm that he would he signing with a new club, he said earlier this year that he would be free to do so as of Canada Day.
from On the Islanders Beat,
“Snowy called me and told me what happened,” Sillinger said. “Quite frankly, I don’t know that there was any kind of tug-of-war. I didn’t spend the last half of the season with the guys because of my [hip] injury. The year before, we made the playoffs, and Ted did a great job. Obviously, this year we had a bunch of injuries.
“Garth told me they had philosophical differences. So be it. That’s his decision. It’s really unfortunate. Ted and I had a great relationship. I enjoyed playing for him. I guess you move on.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It became too much about Ted; became too much about Ted Nolan-type players. Every team can use the prototypical Nolan overachiever, but no team can progress from the bottom half of the league when more limited hard-hat players get their ice time at the expense of young, raw talents in need of nurturing.
The Islanders cannot attract prime free agents. They won’t even listen. The Islanders have no other choice. They must build from within. They also can choose not to trade down out of the first five in the Entry Draft - and once upon a time could have chosen to keep Roberto Luongo and Zdeno Chara - but these are different matters.
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The Islanders have become the team veteran players with nowhere else to play sign with. At the rate they are going, it will be years before they become a contender.
At least with Nolan behind the bench, they had a fighting chance.
There are plenty of quality coaches still walking the unemployment line – Pat Burns, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Joel Quenneville and Paul Maurice amongst them – but even those guys will have to think long and hard before hitching their wagon to this mess.
As for Nolan? Don’t expect him to be out of work for too long. He is a proven winner, the kind of coach a team like, say, the Los Angeles Kings might want to hire as fast as humanly possible.
added 6:02pm, from Stan Fischler at Game On,
The Maven wholeheartedly endorses Tortorella. He won a Cup; he’s got charisma and he can work with a GM as he proved with Jay Feaster in Tampa Bay. Perhaps the Isles will do what Jacques Martin has done in Florida; opt for a younger, successful Junior type.
more on the Islanders…
added 6:17pm, from the blog of Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
After reading Greg Logan’s Newsday blog that said the Islanders had fired Ted Nolan, I grabbed my cell phone and called Bob Hartley. Logan pointed out that Hartley was close with Islanders GM Garth Snow. Bob coached Garth Snow in Cornwall during the 1994-95 season.
Hartley to the Islanders seems like a good fit, and I can’t help but wonder if Snow joined me in calling Hartley today. If he did, hopefully he had better luck than I did reaching him (Hey Bob, call me back). Snow could do a lot worse than the former Thrashers and Avalanche coach.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The two-year marriage of inconvenience between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan ended Monday. Irreconcilable differences over the direction of the franchise led to a mutual decision by Snow and Nolan, who met earlier Monday morning at Nassau Coliseum, to part ways.
added 1:05pm, More on this at the Islanders website.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The relationship between Snow and Nolan was much better a year ago after the Islanders squeezed into the playoffs on the final day of the season. They pushed for the buyout of captain Alexei Yashin, and Nolan was a full participant with Snow in free-agent negotiations.
But this summer, Nolan was in the dark about Snow’s plan to trade down to take center Josh Bailey with the ninth overall pick. Bailey and Nolan’s son Jordan were teammates in the Ontario Hockey League last season, yet Nolan wasn’t consulted about the pick.
Asked if he had any input in the signing of veteran free agents Mark Streit and Doug Weight, Nolan said: “No. Garth and his scouting staff took care of all that. It comes right back to what I can control, and what I can control is my coaching.”
from the Sault Star,
He didn’t come out and say the words. But Ted Nolan didn’t have to.
His looks and body language said all you needed to know: Nolan’s future as head coach of the New York Islanders is far from certain. Having completed Season 2 of the three-year contract he signed in 2006, the 50-year-old native of Garden River will apparently enter the 2008-2009 NHL season as a lame duck bench boss.
“It’s a tough situation,” Nolan said Thursday, prior to serving as a guest speaker at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships awards banquet at Steelback Centre. “But I’ve faced a lot of tough situations before. I just want to go into next season, concentrate on fulfilling my contract, do a great job and make sure I get another contract somewhere.”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Neither Wang nor Snow was happy with Nolan when he expressed some concern near the end of the season about going into the final year of his three-year contract without an extension. But when Snow was asked if there’s any reason to believe Nolan won’t return, he said, “I don’t see any reason. He’s our coach.”
Snow said he expects to sit down with Nolan within the next week to discuss the past season and what lies ahead. Snow blamed the Islanders’ failure to make the playoffs on “a handful of players who didn’t play to their capabilities” and the fact they led the NHL in man-games lost to injuries.
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
Nolan confirmed his contract situation yesterday. “They haven’t offered an extension,” Nolan said. “There hasn’t been a discussion of it.”
Contacted yesterday on a scouting trip in Ontario, general manager Garth Snow said he had no comment. Team spokesman Chris Botta, citing team policy, said the organization would have no comment on contract issues involving management.
from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,
Nolan may have been more upset with his team this week than he has been all season. He issued a rare public rebuke after a desultory 3-1 loss to the Maple Leafs on Tuesday, then was displeased with them after a deliberately hard workout Wednesday.
“I told the players, ‘I don’t know how some of us can sleep at night - not doing what you do to the best of your capabilities.’ We’re compensated quite well, and the people who watch us pay quite heavily for us to do that,” he said after yesterday’s practice, which left him more encouraged.
“This isn’t Sunday lunch-hour hockey. We’re playing in the National Hockey League, the best league in the world,” he said. “For anybody to take that for granted and not to perform ...”
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The situation between Nolan and his goaltender undoubtedly is the most sensitive right now. Michel Ouellet scored Tampa Bay’s first goal at 6:51 of the first period after DiPietro went behind his net to play the puck and gave it away to Jeff Halpern, who fed Ouellet for a shot on the open net.
“We ask him over and over again not to play the puck as much,” Nolan said of DiPietro. “He’s one of the best puck-handlers in the league, but you just can’t overhandle it. When you overhandle it, you get yourself in trouble a little bit.”...
Showing his frustration, Nolan said of DiPietro: “The only thing you can do is keep going through it over and over again. You can’t do that. You’ve got to let our defense handle it a little bit more. He just wants to play it. What can you do?”
more on the Islanders…
via the AP,
New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan was not behind the bench at the start of Monday’s game against the San Jose Sharks because of what the team called a ‘‘personal matter.’‘
No other details were immediately available, and it was not known if Nolan would coach at all during the afternoon game.
update 3:00pm, Nolan behind the bench for the 2nd period.
added 3:21pm, Now Evgeni Nabokov. took a shot from the point right into the mask. Looks like a possible nose, mouth injury and he has left the game.
added 3:37pm, Nabokov suffered a facial laceration, he may return for the 3rd period.
added 5:20pm, Nolan’s son Jordan plays for the Windsor Spitfires and Ted was speaking with his son about the sudden death of Mickey Renaud.
from George Vescey of the New York Times,
Hardly a day goes by that Ted Nolan does not open the refrigerator door, just to stare at the shelves stocked with food.
“I’d wake up in the morning and the house would be cold,” Nolan recalled of his childhood, without running water, on an Indian reserve in Ontario.
“I’d take a piece of fried bread, a galette, and put it in my pocket and go to school,” he added.
The sense of being an outsider still drives Nolan, 49, the coach of the Islanders, whose mystique includes nine full seasons without a job in the National Hockey League, amid rumors that he was blackballed.
from On the Islanders Beat,
Asked about Simon’s agreement with Islanders owner Charles Wang to seek counseling in an effort to understand what made him snap for the second time in nine months after hitting the Rangers’ Ryan Hollweg with his stick in March, Campbell was recorded saying he hoped it would help Simon to meet with “the drug and alcohol, uh, uh, those doctors.” NHL spokesman Frank Brown quickly clarified that the doctors who deal with substance abuse under the NHL/NHLPA agreement also handle behavioral issues.
But the “stereotyping” horse was out of the barn. The gut reaction of Islanders coach Ted Nolan, who described Campbell’s assumption as “sickening” was understandable.
from Jim Baumbach of Newsday,
But I have a hard time accepting the fact that Arbour gets credit for the game and the win when his presence was completely ceremonial. In baseball there is a rule that limits the number of coaches who are in uniform in the dugout during the game, but I skimmed through the NHL record books and I couldn’t find a similar rule….
There was nothing wrong with having an Al Arbour night and putting him behind the bench for the 1,500th time with the Islanders. Everyone there still would have had a blast. But let’s stop fooling ourselves. In my record books, I’m crediting Ted Nolan with the win.
Wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning Jim?
This was not a PR stunt, but was actually suggested by Coach Nolan. Hockey honors their past greats, and it will continue to do so, with or without your record book.