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Pegula originally wanted LaFontaine as GM

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07:32 AM ET 11.14 | La-la-la-la-la-LaFontaine has shuffled back into the picture. Pat LaFontaine said his return to the Buffalo Sabres was hatched over the last 10 days. LaFontaine, one of the team's all-time greats and a newly hired vice president of development and community affairs for the NHL, was in Florida to attend a seminar on concussions. So was Sabres owner Terry Pegula. ... LaFontaine and Pegula went to dinner. The topics around their steaks included youth hockey, college hockey, the new Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State. The conversation finally turned to the struggling Sabres. The two men ended up continuing the chat on Pegula's boat and that's when LaFontaine, now 48, said Pegula started to talk turkey. ... Pegula was dead serious, even wanting to know if LaFontaine wanted to be the general manager.

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November 14, 2013  07:34 AM ET

Dust off your tire chains Pat

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November 14, 2013  09:30 AM ET
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I can smell the tire fire from Toronto.

You'll probably see it as well.

Good to see Nolan back. It was borderline racist that he hasn't been in the NHL all along

November 14, 2013  09:32 AM ET

Some owners just don't get it.

November 14, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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Dust off your tire chains Pat

To paraphrase Pat, "I'm the only player to be traded twice and not have to change my licence plates".

November 14, 2013  09:47 AM ET

Can't say anything bad about Pegula. He donated $88 million to my Alma Mater so they could play hockey in the Big Ten.

November 14, 2013  09:54 AM ET
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Good to see Nolan back.

Agreed. He's a good coach. He's been dealt a challenging hand but he's got 75% of a season left to shed the interim label.

November 14, 2013  10:21 AM ET
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Good to see Nolan back. It was borderline racist that he hasn't been in the NHL all along

Never understood why people hated him.

November 14, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Some owners just don't get it.

give him an E for effort

November 14, 2013  10:46 AM ET
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Some owners just don't get it.

nice avatar...RIP Todd

November 14, 2013  11:10 AM ET
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Never understood why people hated him.

He broke rank . The ole never bite the hand that feeds deal

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November 14, 2013  11:27 AM ET
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He made life hell for his GM and didn't get along with the team's only star. Don't expect Buffalo's next GM to keep him around, either.He also turned down the Lightning job, then whined about racism for years. He simply wasn't worth the hassle, and still isn't.

I like this, and agree. People ar ealways ready to blame, race, gender, height, weight...whatever.
Sometimes, the answer is just that "you are too much of a pain to put up with"

November 14, 2013  11:49 AM ET

bhonus points for starting the article with La-la-la-la-la-Lafontaine!

November 14, 2013  11:49 AM ET
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Good to see Nolan back. It was borderline racist that he hasn't been in the NHL all along

Borderline? Are U kidding me? Do you think they would've treated him in such a shameful way if his name was Lefrench, or something to that effect, even if he was of First Nations heritage? They would've never gotten away with it. His treatment in Buffalo and with the Islander was shameful to say the least.

Good to see him back. He's a player's coach and not many GMs can handle that.

November 14, 2013  12:00 PM ET
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Never understood why people hated him.

Because ... he was born in a reservation. Pure and simple.

Unfortunately, the mindset still exists that, if you were born an Indian, you're supposed to know your place and be quiet. Talk to any First Nations players and they'll tell you the hell they had to go through at every level to play a white man's sport in a predominately white man's league.

November 14, 2013  12:03 PM ET
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Because ... he was born in a reservation. Pure and simple. Unfortunately, the mindset still exists that, if you were born an Indian, you're supposed to know your place and be quiet. Talk to any First Nations players and they'll tell you the hell they had to go through at every level to play a white man's sport in a predominately white man's league.

Never heard that before.

November 14, 2013  12:21 PM ET
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Never heard that before.

They don't grow up playing hockey in the desert. Quite different up north.

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November 14, 2013  12:26 PM ET
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His treatment in Buffalo and with the Islander was shameful to say the least. Good to see him back. He's a player's coach and not many GMs can handle that.

I don't know that the Isles treated him poorly. They brought him back to the NHL. They even waited until he finished his other coaching obligations to hire him and release their interim head coach at the time.

Little bit of a stretch there to say that it was shameful.

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