Pat LaFontaine Resigns From Buffalo Sabres
Almost 24 hours after the Buffalo Sabres announced that franchise goalie Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott would be traded to the St. Louis Blues right before game time on Friday night, Pat LaFontaine has resigned from the Buffalo Sabres and will resume his position with the NHL.
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According to the Sabres website, owner Terry Pegula said:
“I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization,” said Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula. “Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as General Manager and Craig Patrick will continue as a Senior Hockey Advisor. As has been the case since I bought the team, we’ll continue to do whatever is needed to rebuild the organization and keep it on path towards our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.
LaFontaine had some things to say before he left the building Saturday afternoon:
I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres. I also want to convey my best wishes to all of the players in the Sabres organization and to wish them the best of success in the future. Most importantly, I want to convey my heartfelt appreciation to the great fans of the Sabres for the way I have been treated here as a player and as an executive.