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Report: Sabres to announce three-year deal for coach Ted Nolan next week

Ted Nolan's second stint in Buffalo will get at least a little bit longer. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images) Ted Nolan's second stint in Buffalo will get at least a little bit longer. (Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

By Darian Somers

Ted Nolan is getting rid of the interim tag.

Nolan will become the official head coach of the Buffalo Sabresas early as next week, SportsNet's Nick Kypreos tweeted.

This comes almost two weeks after TSN's Bob McKenzie reported the deal was in the 'hands of lawyers.' It will be Nolan's second stint with the Sabres as he got his first NHL head-coaching job in Buffalo from 1995 through 1997. After Sabres' management let his contract expire, Nolan had a brief stint with the Lightning. He also worked with the Islanders as an assistant before spending time the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. After his time in the "Q," Nolan was the coach of the Islanders from 2006-08 and Rochester American from 2009-11. He also helped with the Latvian men's hockey team, the same team he coached in Sochi. Nolan, who replaced Lindy Ruff, has coached the Sabres to a 20-45-8 record this season. In four seasons prior to rejoining Buffalo as an NHL coach, Nolan had two winning seasons, one with Buffalo and one with the Islanders. The news follows a a day in which Nolan and former Buffalo goalie Dominik Hasek buried the hatchet after not having spoken since 1997.

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