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05-08-2013, 10:44 PM
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Rolston played juniors in the NAHL with the St. Clair Shore Falcons. Jeff Jackson was his head coach in 1984-85, with Chris Luongo among his teammates. Jackson is currently the head coach at Notre Dame, while Luongo was the head coach at UAH from 2010-12.

Rolston continued playing collegiately at Michigan Tech, where Mel Pearson was an assistant and Randy McKay, Jamie Russell and Davis Payne were among his teammates. Currently: Pearson is the head coach at Michigan Tech; McKay a former volunteer assistant at Michigan Tech; Russell an assistant at Providence College and former head coach at Michigan Tech; and Payne an assistant with the LA Kings and former head coach with St. Louis and Peoria-AHL.

Rolston was hired by his former coach Jeff Jackson as an assistant at LSSU in 1990-91. Jim Roque and Paul Pooley were also assistants in Rolston's three-season tenure and among the players coached were Jim Dowd, Doug Weight, Doug Laprade, Brian Rolston, Bates Battaglia and John Grahame. Currently: Roque is the head coach at LSSU; Pooley an associate at Notre Dame and former head coach at Providence College; Dowd retired; Weight an assistant with the NYI; Laprade an assistant at LSSU; B.Rolston retired; Battaglia retired (and Amazing Race winner); and Grahame retired.

Rolston next joined the staff at Clarkson as an assistant in 1996-97, reuniting with Jim Roque. Mark Morris was the head coach in Rolston's three-season tenure and among the players coached were Todd White, Jean-Francois Houle, Chris Clark, Philippe Roy, Chris Bernard, Erik Cole, Willie Mitchell and Kent Huskins. Currently: Morris is the head coach of Manchester-AHL; White retired; Houle a head coach with Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL); Clark a development coach with Columbus; Roy an assistant at Clarkson; Bernard a head coach at SUNY-Potsdam; Cole active; Mitchell active; and Huskins active.

Rolston then joined the staff at Harvard as an assistant in 1999-00. During his three-season tenure, Mark Mazzoleni was the head coach and Nathan Leaman an assistant, while among the players coached were Dominic Moore. Currently: Mazzoleni is an assistant at St. Norbert College and former head coach at Green Bay (USHL); Leaman a head coach at Providence College and former head coach at Union; and Moore active.

Rolston next joined BC as an assistant in 2002-03. During his two-season tenure, Jerry York was the head coach and Jimmy Logue and Mike Cavanaugh assistants, while among the players coached were Andrew Alberts, Patrick Eaves, Stephen Gionta, Peter Harrold, Ben Lovejoy and Brian Boyle. Currently: York is the head coach at BC; Logue an assistant at BC; Cavanaugh an assistant at BC, but soon to be UConn head coach; Alberts active; Eaves active; Gionta active; Harrold active; Lovejoy active; and Boyle active.

Rolston then joined the USNTDP program as a head coach, alternating between the U18 and U17 teams over seven seasons. Among the assistants were Nate Leaman, John Lilley, Chadd Cassidy, Patrick Foley, Joe Exter and Matt Greason. Rolston also assistant-coached at the WC with Scott Gordon, Todd Richards and Joe Sacco one year. Currently: Leaman, as previously noted, is head coach at PC; Lilley a scout with Toronto; Cassidy an interim head coach with Rochester-AHL; Foley an assistant at Northeastern; Exter an assistant at Ohio State; Greason a head coach at Trinity College; Gordon an assistant with Toronto; Richards a head coach with Columbus; and Sacco a former head coach with Colorado. Also, some of the notable players coached were mentioned in this NHL.com article from his interim hiring:

* Followed by the obvious Rochester, interim Buffalo and permanent Buffalo head coach jobs.
** Included active players in addition to those in coaching for possible UFA/trade consideration.
Thanks. I knew about who the HC's were he'd worked under, just hadn't done much digging to find the other assistants. I doubt NCAA lifers like Jackson or York take an NHL assistant position, but some of the other guys might just be in Rolston's interview queue. I still want fresh, non-Sabre blood for his staff. Enough with the nepotism, get some new eyes, minds and voices in there.

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I'm sure they loved the guys, and I'm sure the coaches were good teachers, but if you look at the product on the ice, it reflects the coaching staff. If people want to blame Ruff for the team's shortcomings, then the assistants need to be held accountable too. Though Ruff may have a system in place, the assistants need to coach these players the small things in the game.

When you watch this team, they failed at coaching the small things to become successful; these include, but are not limited to: Winning Faceoffs, Body positioning with and without the puck, PP movement, Skating, Hand Eye Coordination drills, strength and conditioning, penalty killing, clearing the zone, defensive awareness, offensive awareness, etc. When you add those things together they can equate to a functional and successful team. This coaching staff, as a whole, failed.

I'll give Ron a chance, but I'm not giving him the amount of rope Ruff had. I would like to see what kind of staff he can put together.
Can't agree with this more. Especially PP and PK. I believe we need a fresh front on the assistants.

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His assistants will be new, for sure James Patrick will not be back next year. As expected he will bring in his own guys.

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His assistants will be new, for sure James Patrick will not be back next year. As expected he will bring in his own guys.
You have a new head coach with no personality, a GM who doesn't want the owner too close to the dressing room to find out what the players really think. The GM has protected the guys he's signed, and is the least pro active manager in the league. How does Regier still have his job, when he gets fired, no other owner in league would ever consider hiring him.

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You have a new head coach with no personality, a GM who doesn't want the owner too close to the dressing room to find out what the players really think. The GM has protected the guys he's signed, and is the least pro active manager in the league. How does Regier still have his job, when he gets fired, no other owner in league would ever consider hiring him.
That's just a farce, players such as Ott have came out and said that they talk to Pegula all the time

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You have a new head coach with no personality, a GM who doesn't want the owner too close to the dressing room to find out what the players really think. The GM has protected the guys he's signed, and is the least pro active manager in the league. How does Regier still have his job, when he gets fired, no other owner in league would ever consider hiring him.
Is that even close to the topic? Regier has his faults, but 'blocking players from the owner' isn't one of them.

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Bucky and Bobby Mac say Adams and Patrick fired, Teppo staying.

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We should totally hire a guy with the last name Norris and a guy with the last name Smythe to take their places.

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Having the assistants gone makes the decision to keep Rolston a little more palatable. Will be interesting to see who he brings in. Better be someone who knows how to run a freaking powerplay.

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We should totally hire a guy with the last name Norris and a guy with the last name Smythe to take their places.
that Selke dude may be a little upset .....

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Numminen stays, nice. Always like him as a player, will be interesting to see how he does in a larger role.

Wonder if Cassidy joins Rolston now. If he does...Housley for the Amerks anyone?

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Having the assistants gone makes the decision to keep Rolston a little more palatable. Will be interesting to see who he brings in. Better be someone who knows how to run a freaking powerplay.
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I really like Patrick...but I have no problem with clearing house. Adams for sure needed to go. Now it's up to Rolston to find some quality assistant coaches...and not just promote Cassidy. Let's go get a PP specialist.

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Is Teppo staying as an assistant or is he staying as a development consultant for the defensemen?

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Numminen stays, nice. Always like him as a player, will be interesting to see how he does in a larger role.

Wonder if Cassidy joins Rolston now. If he does...Housley for the Amerks anyone?
Did I miss a bit of info? Will Teppo have a "larger role?" Or the same exact role, and Adams and Patrick positions will just be replaced with other guys

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I really like Patrick...but I have no problem with clearing house. Adams for sure needed to go. Now it's up to Rolston to find some quality assistant coaches...and not just promote Cassidy. Let's go get a PP specialist.
Cassidy will either be Amerk head coach or promoted to assistant coach for the Sabres.
Amerks PP and PK were tops in the league. Coaching or players?

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Numminen stays, nice. Always like him as a player, will be interesting to see how he does in a larger role.

Wonder if Cassidy joins Rolston now. If he does...Housley for the Amerks anyone?
Peca for the Amerks anyone?

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Cassidy will either be Amerk head coach or promoted to assistant coach for the Sabres.
Amerks PP and PK were tops in the league. Coaching or players?
Well, at the very least, coaching didn't hurt it...

So Cassidy and Teppo as full-time assistants? Seems possible. If so, Rochester needs a whole new staff...unless it's the Chris Taylor show.

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Well, at the very least, coaching didn't hurt it...

So Cassidy and Teppo as full-time assistants? Seems possible. If so, Rochester needs a whole new staff...unless it's the Chris Taylor show.
...and the goalie coach.

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Did I miss a bit of info? Will Teppo have a "larger role?" Or the same exact role, and Adams and Patrick positions will just be replaced with other guys
I sorta assumed that. Not confirmed.

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Well, at the very least, coaching didn't hurt it...

So Cassidy and Teppo as full-time assistants? Seems possible. If so, Rochester needs a whole new staff...unless it's the Chris Taylor show.
I would have thought Cassidy gets the full time job down in Rochester to be honest. Be interesting to see who he picks.

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Why did this set off such a ****storm from Gleason on Twitter? Apparently, he's fine with keeping mediocrity around, so long as it isn't Regier being kept around.

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Why did this set off such a ****storm from Gleason on Twitter? Apparently, he's fine with keeping mediocrity around, so long as it isn't Regier being kept around.
Nice tweet Zip!

It sounds personal at this point; agenda, etc etc...

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