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Nolan: No direct talks yet with new Sabres GM

Saturday, 01.11.2014 / 8:40 PM / News

NHL.com

Ted Nolan said Saturday he has not had direct talks with new Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray about becoming the team's permanent, rather than interim, coach.

Murray on Friday told Sportsnet that Nolan's title would change in the next few weeks.

"Like I've mentioned before, one of these days, I hope [the 'interim' is lifted], but it's not one of my things I'm thinking about," Nolan told the Sabres website. "It's trying to get this team better right now and coaching this team to the best of my ability. Whatever happens down the road will happen, and I feel confident in my ability, but we'll see."

The Sabres, who play the Washington Capitals on Sunday, are 8-11-4 since Nolan was named interim coach Nov. 13. The Sabres started the season 4-15-1 under coach Ron Rolston.

Murray was named GM Thursday.

"I really like him. He's direct. He knows people, he knows hockey players," Nolan said. "As a coach, you want a person who's going to load your arsenal up with some good talent. The only thing we have to do down the road is just open the gate and let them go."

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery