Ron Rolston coached the Sabres briefly. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Coyotes hire former Sabres coach Ron Rolston as pro scout

Former Buffalo Sabres coach Ron Rolston has resurfaced as a pro scout in Arizona, where Darcy Regier serves as the Coyotes’ senior vice president and assistant general manager.

Regier was fired as Sabres GM with Rolston on Nov. 13. Regier hired Rolston to coach Buffalo in 2013.

Rolston hasn’t coached or been heard from much since leaving the Sabres. He turned up in Tampa Bay briefly last season, apparently to do some observing for Lightning ... Read the full article

Darcy Regier (left) talks with Don Maloney earlier this week. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Photo: Darcy Regier scouting for Coyotes

After the Buffalo Sabres fired Darcy Regier in November, the former general manager laid low. He never gave a single interview. No one saw him around town.

Now, a month after getting hired as a senior vice president and Don Maloney’s assistant general manager in Arizona, Regier’s visible again. He even looks a little different!

Here’s Regier scouting junior prospects for the Coyotes with Maloney earlier this week in Montreal. Maloney’s giving him an, ... Read the full article

Darcy Regier was fired in November. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Former Sabres GM Darcy Regier hired as senior VP and assistant GM with Coyotes

Welcome back to the NHL, Darcy Regier.

The former Buffalo Sabres general manager has been hired as the senior vice president and assistant GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The 58-year-old hadn’t been heard from since the Sabres fired him after a wretched 4-15-1 start in November.

“Thrilled to bring him on,” GM Don Maloney said in an interview with the team. “I think he’s a great resource for the organization, for me. He’s ... Read the full article

Matt Moulson left Thurday's 3-2 win in Phoenix late. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Ted Nolan on Matt Moulson’s injury: ‘Cross your fingers, hope that it’s good’

Interim Buffalo Sabres coach Ted Nolan doesn’t know if winger Matt Moulson will miss time after the Coyotes’ Shane Doan hit him late in Thursday’s 3-2 win.

“Doctors are looking at him,” Nolan told reporters in Phoenix. “Cross your fingers, hope that it’s good.”

Moulson left the game with 6:05 left and crumbled to the ground in pain after reaching the tunnel behind Buffalo’s bench.

“He took a pretty good, I don’t know if it ... Read the full article

Christian Ehrhoff has a team-high 19 assists. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Christian Ehrhoff piling up points again

BUFFALO – Sabres defenseman Christian Ehrhoff never expected he would experience so much losing after signing his massive 10-year, $40 million contract almost three years ago.

Back then, Ehrhoff thought he was joining a team built to contend for the Stanley Cup. These days, he’s playing for the NHL’s worst outfit.

To some observers, the German has looked uninterested at times this season. To interim coach Ted Nolan, Ehrhoff, one of the Sabres’ few remaining ... Read the full article

Tyler Ennis flies through the air after tying the game Monday. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Crazy goal clinches Sabres’ exciting OT triumph against Coyotes

BUFFALO – No one could recall seeing a goal quite like Mark Pysyk’s wild overtime winner Monday, a score that will undoubtedly become a highlight-reel staple and earn the Sabres rookie some notoriety.

What are the odds the puck gets stuck in the goalie’s pants and he slides into the net with it?

“Nope, haven’t seen that before,” a surly Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith said after the undermanned Sabres’ exciting 2-1 triumph before an ... Read the full article

John Scott played defense part of Monday's win. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Flu bug forces the Sabres to play short-handed, utilize tough guy John Scott

BUFFALO – Good thing the NHL’s three-day Christmas break begins today. A flu bug ravaging through the Sabres forced them to dress only 16 skaters for Monday’s 2-1 overtime win against the Phoenix Coyotes inside the First Niagara Center.

The Sabres scratched forwards Marcus Foligno, Ville Leino and Linus Omark and defenseman Alexander Sulzer, all of whom played Saturday.

With just 10 forwards available, interim coach Ted Nolan switched tough guy John Scott, a winger ... Read the full article

Mark Pysyk readies for a shot this morning. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Several Sabres under weather

BUFFALO – The flu bug is going around the Sabres, so several players couldn’t even get to the rink this morning, interim coach Ted Nolan said.

It’s unclear what the lineup will look like tonight against the Phoenix Coyotes inside the First Niagara Center.

“We’re hoping that they’re ready to go,” Nolan said. “Four or five called in this morning and said they couldn’t make it out of bed. So we’re hoping by game time ... Read the full article

Tim Kennedy played 78 games as a rookie with the Sabres in 2009-10. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

South Buffalo native Tim Kennedy playing regularly with Coyotes, ready to face Sabres

BUFFALO – Finally, more than three years after the leaving the Sabres, Tim Kennedy’s career appears to be on an upswing again.

The South Buffalo native has spent the last month as a Phoenix Coyotes regular, mostly playing left wing on a top line beside Radim Vrbata and Martin Hanzal. Kennedy skated 19:05 on Thursday, just 11 seconds less than his career high.

It’s been a long, arduous journey for Kennedy since the Sabres unexpectedly ... Read the full article