Niagara Gazette

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November 13, 2013

Sabres clean house, bring Nolan & LaFontaine back

Regier & Rolston are out, Nolan & LaFontaine return

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Niagara Gazette — Ruff was fired in February in a moved the prompted Regier to begin dismantling an aging and overpriced roster. Over the course of two weeks, the Sabres traded three veteran players — including captain Jason Pominville — in exchange for draft picks and prospects.

The purge continued two weeks ago, when the Sabres traded leading scorer and co-captain Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Matt Moulson and a first- and second-round draft pick.

Regier had become the focus of criticism in Buffalo for overseeing a team that has made the playoffs only twice in the past six seasons, and hasn't won a playoff round since 2007. The discontent grew last spring, when Regier braced fans to be in store for more "suffering" during the rebuilding process.

LaFontaine avoided using the word suffering when it was raised in a question.

"I wouldn't use that word. I would use patience," LaFontaine said. "I can't tell you right now that we've got a lot of work in front of us. We have to be patient. ... Our vision and our dream is to get the team to be a championship-caliber team year after year after year. And we'll get there."

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