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Pat LaFontaine quits as president of Buffalo Sabres

Former NHL player Pat LaFontaine, seen here in 2012, stepped down as president of the Buffalo...

Former NHL player Pat LaFontaine, seen here in 2012, stepped down as president of the Buffalo Sabres Saturday. (Mike McGregor/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald/AFP)

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, Last Updated: 7:16 PM ET

Amidst rumours of turmoil within the Buffalo Sabres front office, Pat LaFontaine stepped down Saturday as the team’s president of hockey operations.

LaFontaine, who was the Sabres president for just over three months, will reportedly return to a job with the NHL. He was the league's vice president of development and community affairs before being hired by the Sabres in November.

“I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization,” Sabres owner Terry Pegula said. “Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path.”

According to multiple reports, there was dissension among Sabres brass, which has gone under major reconstruction this NHL season. At the centre of the controversy was LaFontaine.

LaFontaine was named president after the team fired general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston. Ted Nolan was simultaneously hired as interim head coach.

Tim Murray was hired as general manager in January.

“Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition,” LaFontaine said. “I’m proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time.”

LaFontaine’s resignation comes just one day after the Sabres traded franchise goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Steve Ott to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Jaroslav Halak, Chris Stewart, William Carrier, a first-round draft pick in 2015 and a third-round pick in 2016.


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