BUFFALO -- Pat LaFontaine had a short, but lasting, impact on the Buffalo Sabres, team president Ted Black said Sunday, addressing LaFontaine's unexpected resignation.
LaFontaine's resignation of his president of hockey operations position was announced via club release Saturday evening. LaFontaine is returning to the NHL to assume his previous position as vice president of development and community affairs.
"[Buffalo owner] Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition," LaFontaine said in a release Saturday night. "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."
Black and general manager Tim Murray spoke about the LaFontaine move on Sunday night at First Niagara Center.