Sabres GM Darcy Regier met with Ron Rolston Monday about the possibility of becoming head coach of the Sabres on a full time basis.
Regier appeared on the Sabres Hockey Hotline radio show on WGR Sportsradio 550, and confirmed that he would meet with Rolston before any other candidates, and that those meetings would begin following the interview late Wednesday morning.
"Right now the decision is going to be, the focus is going to be on Ron and his staff. I will not meet with any other candidates. We'll spend time together starting today. When you look at the body of work that he and the staff did... they did a very good job for us.Ron is a good teacher who is very prepared. He has very strong feelings about what you have to do as an organization in order to win.So yes absolutely he is going to be considered."
Rolston went 15-11-5 as interim coach of the Sabres after replacing the fired Lindy Ruff in Februrary. Prior to that, Rolston was head coach of the Sabres AHL affiliate in Rochester.
Following Monday's end of season news conference, Regier told 2-On-Your-Side's Adam Benigni that Rolston had the "inside track" based on his performance since taking over the team, and his track record of successfully developing young talent.
Regier also said he has already contacted teams ahead of the Sabres in the NHL draft order about the possibility of trading up. The Sabres currently hold the 8th overall draft selection.