Sam Reinhart skates during today’s three-on-three tournament. ©2014, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Sabres’ Ted Nolan close to hiring new assistant coaches

BUFFALO – While no announcement is imminent, Sabres coach Ted Nolan is close to hiring some assistant coaches, general manager Tim Murray said.

“He’s talking to certain individuals, and he’s at a point where he’s talking contract with a couple individuals,” Murray said this afternoon inside the First Niagara Center. “Now, whether the money and term suits them, I don’t know that. We’re not there yet.”

Following the season, the Sabres fired or reassigned the coaches Nolan inherited.

In other news, top prospect Sam Reinhart, fresh off a maintenance day, participated in today’s seven-team, three-on-three tournament.

“Could’ve even skated yesterday,” Reinhart said following the end of camp. “But trainers thought it was the best thing. It’s been a busy couple weeks.”

Prospects skated around and held up a trophy the Sabres presented to Mikhail Grigorenko’s winning gray team.

Murray likes a three-on-three format more than a regular scrimmage.

“It’s a battle,” he said. “Everything’s a battle.”

Battling was the camp’s main theme.

“We set it up to be a type of a battle camp where effort and work ethic will be rewarded or will be noticed,” Murray said.

Related: Sabres prospect Mikhail Grigorenko takes responsibility for past struggles: ‘It was probably no one’s fault but mine’

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