Buffalo Sabres: Reaction to management and coaching changes in Buffalo

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The Buffalo Sabres are in the midst of a massive rebuild that has seen them strip their lineup bare of veterans Jason Pominville and Thomas Vanek over the last several months. While winning the division was not expected this season, losing basically every night is always bad for business. And so far in 2013-14, the Sabres are losing on most nights.

Today the club fired general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston in favour of Pat Lafontaine, who becomes President of Hockey Operations, and former Sabres coach Ted Nolan, who rejoins the team after a 17 year absence.

Reaction around the NHL is abundant: Here is what notable hockey personalities had to say and report about the moves made by the Buffalo Sabres organization today:

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula says, now former GM Darcy Regier was shocked upon hearing his tenure with the club would be coming to an end:

Ex-Sabres captain Jason Pominville agreed that something needed to be done within the organization:

As for player reaction to the Nolan hiring, the Sabres reportedly gave their new coach a round of applause when he entered the team room:

The Buffalo Sabres official Twitter account tweeted an image of Interim head coach Ted Nolan shaking hands with future star Mikhail Grigorenko:

Chris Botta, writer for the New York Times raises an interesting point when he says:

Sabres beat writer, Mike Harrington shared intel he received from Pat Lafontaine after today’s press conference:

Pat Lafontaine is actively searching for the next Sabres general manager:

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News touches on the public relations aspect of the moves made in Buffalo today:

Bruce Arthur of the National Post on the Sabres decision to hire Lafontaine despite his lack of experience as President of Hockey Ops:

And finally, Keith McShea of Buffalo News: