BUFFALO, NY – Just 24 hours after trading away their goalie Ryan Miller and team captain Steve Ott, a big name in the Sabres' front office is gone.
The Sabres announced Saturday night that President of Hockey Operations Pat LaFontaine resigned his position with the team. He will resume his previous role working on player safety issues with the National Hockey League.
Sabres' owner Terry Pegula said, "I would like to thank Pat for all he has done for the organization. Pat joined us at a very difficult time and helped transition the organization down a new path. Tim Murray will continue as General Manager and Craig Patrick will continue as a Senior Hockey Advisor."
In a story published on the Sabres' website, LaFontaine is quoted as saying, "Terry Pegula hired me in November and my primary objective was to lead the Sabres organization through a time of transition. I'm proud of what we've been able to accomplish in a short period of time and want to thank Terry and Kim Pegula for the opportunity and their support during my time with the Sabres."
He wished success for the entire Sabres organization and thanked fans for the way he's been treated "as a player and an executive."