Does Ron Rolston make it through the entire season?

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  1. jBuds

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    Curious if you think he is staying for the duration of the season.
     
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    Good poll... he should be coaching High School hockey... but the General Manager is the guy running the team..

    I'd like to read some honest comments from Sabre fans too.... do not fear the truth..
     
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    I think he makes it to the end of the season, but, I doubt he makes it much past the coming front office purge. Regier is likely gone at the end of the season, with much of the front office likely going with him.
     
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    I think Rolston will last. That isn't to say he is good, or deserves the position, or has shown any growth as a coach. Can't even say yet how much he has helped the development process of the kids, the guys playing the best are the ones that have had the least contact with Rolston or Ruff.

    No, I think he will stay purely because he is the rebound coach, the transitional coach, the coach that takes over for a year to get everyone past the Ruff hangover. Rolston could be replaced before the draft, corporate healing process. Perhaps I'm giving the organization too much credit, that they would consider the psyche of the fanbase, allow Rolston to get the brunt of the abuse, and allow the next coach to have a truly clean slate.
     
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    I think I'm on board with you for the exact reason you note.

    My disdain for him is no secret. But Regier admitting such a big, grave mistake so quickly isn't really realistic. Not an easy humble pie for any GM to scarf.
     
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    What are you basing that on?

    As far as Rolston goes, if the team continues to look dead out there, and his player usage continues to be nonsensical, then I wouldn't bet on him finishing the season. If he starts doing things that make more sense, even if the team keeps sucking, I think he lasts through this season and maybe even next season
     
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    He will make it through this year and the beginning of next year to see development.
     
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    Even as he hinders it to date?
     
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    Yes, cause this will be a multi-season tank job. The Sabres aren't gonna pull a Red Sox and sign all the free agents to appear in the World Series the very next year (nor have the luxury of a soft-cap as the Sox do).
     
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    Don't see him making it through. I expect a new guy after the deadline, too bad that coaching change leads to another stupid late season run.

    Or they go balls out, keep him for next season as well and build him a satute as the Tank Master in front of FN Center.
     
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    Sadly, I think he does. As we get further into the grind, we'll muster some more cheap loser points and shootout wins. I think he gets fired in the offseason.
     
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    As much we I hope he doesn't to get him away from the development of our youth... I have to think he does and probably half of next season as well. Unless somewhere along the line Darcy goes and then who knows what will happen.
     
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    I think his trial period goes throughout the season, so yes. But if things keep going the way they are, I'd hope we'd bring a more competent guy in next year.
     
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    yes. i would be very surprised if he doesn't.
     
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    I think he is here through this season. I am curious on the hindering development comments. I assume he gets no credit for:

    Risto walking on as a rookie and playing well
    Zadarov
    Girgs
    Larsson
    Enroth rebound
    Myers' improvement
    Finding a way to get Foligno making a difference

    Do we think Ruff would have been able to do that? Or is that all that we suddenly have great guys that don't need a coach to do things that most youngsters are not able to do? Just curious. I am not a Rolston fan, but I think we are shoveling all of the things we don't like on him and not giving him any props for some things that are going better than expected. We did ice 7 rookies against Dallas (a number which were teenagers and not the #1 overall draft picks)...
     
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    This is recent precedent for that sort of move (Melrose, John MacLean).

    I may be imagining things but I feel like in the last couple of games Rolston is getting a bit more bold in his line combos and in the situations he putting players in. Right now I don't see any tangible evidence that he's an impediment to the youth's development (nor do I see tangible evidence he's a benefit yet, either). For a coach with such a scant track record before going behind an NHL bench, I'm willing to see how he develops as well. Could be a disaster, may work out, doesn't matter as long as prospects become legitimate NHL players.
     
  17. Jim Bob

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    I wonder if Rolston has a bonus tied to how high their draft pick is this year?

    :sarcasm:
     
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    Yes, as long as the kids don't regress. Even though, I think he's likely to stay.

    I think the goal for Rolston is to get the kids to develop, not to win or to get the vets to play better. As long as that goal is met, he is allowed to stick around.
     
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    At this point, yeah, I think he winds up lasting until at least the summer. Regier is notoriously slow to pull the trigger on anything and it appears the team is right where they've alluded to it needing to be in the standings for draft purposes. As long as the kids are getting direction, correction, and opportunity when warranted, Ron stays. He's the Sabres version of Armstrong in St. Louis.

    With Regier still here, there is a layer of insulation for the coach he chose to run the bench.
     
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    Regier wont fire Rolston IMO, at least not this year. if Regier were fired then Rolston would follow almost immediately.

    I would have a field day on this board if Regier fired Rolston without even giving him a full year. Honestly, I think Regier and Rolston should be a package deal.
     
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    agreed. I don't think Darcy would fire him, no matter how bad he is doing. So his job security is tied in with Darcy's.
     
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    He's the tank commander. Him and Sacco are here to ensure we get a top 3 pick the next two years. He's doing his job well.
     
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    I'm not sold on how much he'd hindering it.....yet.

    Doesn't he get SOME credit for Myers rebounding some? Or the way all of the teenagers have looked? Or trying Foligno at center?

    Is he a coach I'd want to see take a veteran or even young yet experienced team into the playoffs? GOOD GOD NO.

    But, so far.....I think things are going as expected.


    I think he's the Sabres coach all year and likely into and possibly all of next year.


    Patience is still needed with this rebuild. Others have mentioned it, and I completely concur: 15/16 is the season where we could reasonably expect this team to compete for the playoffs.
     
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    He needs an Xs and Os guy to create a system in which he can operate on an individual level. He hired Joe Sacco.

    I think the watch starts around December-January, and lasts for about a year.
     
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    As incompetent we may think he is, he has no talent or inexperienced talent all over the roster.

    Blaming Rolston for this mess is just pointless. That said, I do think they should have had a better record, but maybe some players have checked out of Buffalo already. Thinking about their next team.
     

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