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NHL notebook: Poor start leads to Sabres' firings

| Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, 7:51 p.m.

The “Fire Darcy!” chants in Buffalo finally resonated with Sabres owner Terry Pegula.

Acknowledging fans' discontent directed at the architect of the Sabres' slow-moving rebuilding plans, Pegula fired general manager Darcy Regier and rookie coach Ron Rolston on Wednesday.

Pegula then leaned on two familiar faces of the Sabres' past to begin turning around a team that's off to its worst start in franchise history.

Former captain Pat LaFontaine takes over in the newly created role of president of hockey operations. It's a job in which he'll be responsible for hiring Regier's successor.

And LaFontaine's first move was hiring Ted Nolan to take over as coach for the rest of the season. Nolan returns to Buffalo, where he began his NHL coaching career in 1995.

The shake-up comes with Buffalo (4-15-1) stuck at the bottom of the NHL standings.

Hejduk will announce retirement

Former Avalanche right winger Milan Hejduk, 37, plans to officially announce his retirement in the near future.

In 1,020 career games, Hejduk produced 375 goals and 430 assists.

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