Rolston was named the blue and gold's 16th permanent coach Tuesday after going 15-11-5 as interim coach in the second half of the 2013 season. He earned a promotion from the Amerks, whom he guided to a 63-44-17 before his call-up.
The man who replaced him in Rochester, Chadd Cassidy, went 16-11-1 as interim Amerks coach and guided them to the playoffs in 2012-13. But Rolston – who said he'll fill out his coaching staff within a week or so – could bring Cassidy up with him to once again serve as his assistant.
Rolston worked this past season with the assistants hired by former coach Lindy Ruff – James Patrick, Teppo Numminen, Kevyn Adams and Jim Corsi. There's no word on if any of them will be retained, but expect all of them to quickly find work if they're hired – in particular Patrick, who was Ruff's substitute coach and has been a capable assistant for seven seasons.
Rolston's other Rochester assistants were Chris Taylor and Bob Janosz.
If Rolston wasn't hired with the Sabres, he would have remained in the organization due to a multi-year extension he signed in February.
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