The Buffalo Sabres made it official on Tuesday hiring Ron Rolston as their permanent head coach.
Rolston took over the club after long time coach Lindy Ruff was fired in February. In 31 games behind the bench, Rolston guided the team to a 15-11-5 mark.
The move to promote Rolston may be perceived as the safe choice, but its also the right choice.
Rather than conduct a national search, G-M Darcy Regier made the right call by giving a Rolston an opportunity to develop a young team of his guys.
Rolston's coaching style is not only what the Sabres need at this time, but is what the NHL HAS evolved to today.
I am anxious to see what Rolston can do when given a hance to work with the Sabres from the start of training camp while without the added distraction that came with replacing a popular coach in a shortened season.
What helped Rolston was the fact he kept the Sabres in the playoff picture while Regier was trading away Jason Pominville and other players.
Rolston is known to be a great teacher, an x's and o's guy. So who better to coach teh youngest team in the NHL that is is the process of rebuilding.