Ted Nolan back in comfort zone with Sabres

New Sabres head coach Ted Nolan is back in his comfort zone in Buffalo. (Reuters/Files)

New Sabres head coach Ted Nolan is back in his comfort zone in Buffalo. (Reuters/Files)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

BUFFALO - There is never an easy answer with Ted Nolan, never a convenient or succinct explanation of where he's been, how he's been away this long, why the rest of the National Hockey League hasn't been pounding down doors to try to hire the onetime coach of the year.

There are always whispers, questions, stories that don't exactly add up, and yet a directness from him that belies all the doubts that surround his coaching name.

Nolan is back where he is most comfortable, 16 years after walking away from a meagre contract offer by Darcy Regier - the same Regier now gone in the purge of the Buffalo Sabres - looking like he belongs on the ice at First Niagara Center, sounding confident as ever in the city where he had his greatest professional success.


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