Ted Nolan could become the Sabres’ permanent coach soon. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres and Ted Nolan working out new contract

BUFFALO – Ted Nolan should be returning to the Sabres next season.

The interim coach said Monday his representative is handling a new contract with Sabres general manager Tim Murray.

“I guess he and Tim will be talking soon if (they haven’t) talked already,” Nolan said inside the First Niagara Center after the Sabres prepared for tonight’s game against the Nashville Predators. “It’s formalities and getting things ironed out and doing all the legal stuff. … We’ll leave it in their hands for now.”

Pat LaFontaine, who brought Nolan back to the Sabres in November, resigned as president of hockey operations March 1, igniting speculation Nolan might leave.

An emotional Nolan didn’t want to discuss his future the next day. But Nolan had been talking in recent days like he would be staying put.

Nolan is 15-22-7 since beginning his second stint with the Sabres.

Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers, who left Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Chicago briefly, sat out Monday’s practice. Nolan said Myers is fine after his right leg got tangled with Brandon Bollig.

“Actually, it was a real good sign,” Nolan said. “We were hoping it wasn’t as serious as it looked last night. But you never know overnight. He had a good night’s rest and it feels pretty good.”

Nolan thought Myers re-injured what shelved him two games last month.

“Lucky stars were on our side,” he said.

Nolan said goalie Jhonas Enroth will likely start tonight.

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