The Buffalo Sabres have executed a major front-office changeover after announcing the dismissal of both the coach and the general manager on Wednesday morning.

The Sabres have had a terrible start to the National Hockey League season and currently sit bottom of the entire league with a record of 4-15-1.

Despite beating the Los Angeles Kings late on Tuesday night, the franchise decided to part ways with long standing general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston.

Reiger was the fourth longest serving GM in the league but his duties will now be fulfilled by Sabres legend Pat LaFontaine - the president of team operations.

They have also re-hired former coach Ted Nolan as an interim coach as the Sabres search for a long-term replacement for Rolston. 

"My goals for this organisation have not changed," Sabres owner Terry Pegula told reporters at the press conference. "I talked with Pat last week and he said I've never won a Stanley Cup but I can't think of a better place to win one."

Hockey hall of fame legend LaFontaine says Nolan will remain the team's coach for the rest of the season but has already drawn up a shortlist of candidates for the permanent position and confirmed that he will work with assistant GM Kevin Devine until a new GM is hired.

"I couldn't be more excited, couldn't be more proud to lead this franchise," LaFontaine finished. 

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