After firing long-time head coach Lindy Ruff, the Buffalo Sabres wasted no time in the offseason promoting and hiring Ron Rolston as their new, bench boss.
General manager Darcy Regier said at the time that there was no need to interview other candidates such as Patrick Roy or John Tortorella, because Rolston was the guy he wanted. However, after last night's 4-2 loss to Roy's Colorado Avalanche, Rolston seemed to have no clue what to do next with his stumbling Sabres squad.
"That's a good question," Rolston said after being asked by John Vogl of the Buffalo News how the team gets a better start.
Mike Harrington, also of the Buffalo News, then followed with the same question.
"That's a good question. We've got to figure that out," Rolston said again. "We figure it out. We try to figure it out together."
Rolston and his team spoke about preparation, which falls squarely on the shoulders of the head coach and his staff. Players are supposed to play the system, and execute the gameplan. But if a team is not prepared, for seemingly every game of this young season, Rolston is to blame; hands down. However, even given the rock-bottom position the Sabres seem to have found themselves in, Rolston isn't worried about his job status.
"No, I'm not worried about that," Rolston said after last night's loss. "My job is to worry about tomorrow, and then go to Monday and go to Tuesday. That's my job, that's what I do. Absolutely I (understand how it works in the NHL). You don't think I'm aware of that? I come tomorrow and I do my best tomorrow, and I do my best on Monday and I do my best on Tuesday. That's all I worry about. That's all I can control."
Other than Rolston's "all I can control" coach speak, his message is clear. He's doing his best, and as a result, he's achieving epic failure. His team is not prepared to begin a hockey game, and his pathetic attempt to bully the media as if he were Bill Belichick is embarrassing.
Media and fans together deserve answers from the man leading the team. Rolston is providing none of that. Instead, his snarky answers are proving to be a defense mechanism for his inability to coach an NHL team. Rolston is known for developing young talent to be ready for the NHL, which he has done nicely. However, he is failing miserably on the big stage, and he knows it.
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