BUFFALO – Eighteen years later, the 1995-96 Sabres, a rebuilding club that missed the playoffs, still ranks among the most popular teams in franchise history.
That team, Ted Nolan’s first as coach, played hard and fought a lot. The Sabres accumulated 2,195 penalty minutes that season, earning Nolan a reputation as a coach who loved fisticuffs.
These days, however, Nolan’s Sabres hardly fight. They’ve scrapped only eight times since he took over Nov. 13. Don’t think the interim coach has softened, though.