The Buffalo Sabres made it official on Tuesday by removing the interim tag and naming Ron Rolston the team’s permanent head coach. Rolston took over the team in February after the dismissal of Lindy Ruff and led the team to a 15-11-5 record in the 31 games he was behind the bench. Rolston becomes the Sabres’ 16th all-time head coach.

About halfway through Tuesday morning’s press conference, there was a stench that begin to fill the press room and it continued to get stronger and stronger, almost to the point of unbearable. Really, it did stink. Turns out it was some kind of backed up sewer line just down the hall from where we were, and I hope it’s not symbolic of where the team is headed.

Maybe it was symbolic of where the team has been. When you consider the season the Sabres had I just can’t imagine a season any worse, but by the way General Manager Darcy Regier spoke in last week’s press conference we just might have to prepare ourselves for more misery before things get turned around. How long do Buffalo hockey fans have to suffer before being treated to a championship?

Is Rolston the man to do it? I’m keeping an open mind. They had an occasional stinker – there’s that smell reference again – but by and large Rolston made some progress with what is in fact the youngest team in the league.  What does he plan?

He also was excited about having some practice time to work with the team in preparation for next season. He also says players have to buy into the concept of being accountable.

Rolston didn't say what changes he anticipates with his assistant coaching staff, but any changes would likely come within the next week.