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BUFFALO, NY - The Buffalo Sabres appear close to reaching a long-term agreement with interim coach Ted Nolan.

Nolan told reporters after practice Monday that he has handed a contract offer to his representative.

Nolan's comment comes a week after he declined to talk about his status with the Sabres because of the situation regarding the resignation of former President of Hockey Operations Pat Lafontaine.

"I put it into my representatives hands. I guess him and [Sabres GM] Tim [Murray] will be talking soon, if not already. It's just a formality, them getting a few things ironed out," said Nolan.

Nolan rejoined the Sabres last November after he was brought back to the organization by LaFontaine.

Murray recently said that he wanted Nolan to coach the Sabres if Nolan wanted to stay.

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