BUFFALO (WKBW) Ted Nolan is back, and has plenty of history as the coach of the Buffalo Sabres.
Nolan coached the team for two seasons, from 1995 through 1997, amassing a record of 40-30-12, earning the mantra of the 'hardest working team in hockey,' and winning the Jack Adams Award in 1997 as the NHL's top coach.
But problems in-house would be the demise of Nolan in Buffalo. A falling out would end his tenure with the Sabres after just two seasons.
"If that didn't happen I wouldn't be here today, so I'm thankful for everything that happened, and you just have to move on," Nolan said.
Nolan would land another NHL job coaching the New York Islanders for two seasons, and eventually coaching the national team of Latvia, before the call from the Sabres came.
"I've really learned a lot in the last couple of years and hopefully its prepared me for this job," Nolan said.
After being announced as the new Sabres interim head coach, Nolan would return to the ice in downtown Buffalo to lead practice once again.
"The more things change, the more they stay the same," Nolan joked.
After practice, the coach was asked in his second go around with the team if he feels he has something to prove.
"No I'm done proving myself. I just really want to do what I think I'm good at, and I think I'm a fairly good coach. And I want to make these players better," he said.