The Sabres fired assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams on Thursday in the first moves made by newly promoted head coach Ron Rolston.
A person familiar with the decisions confirmed the moves, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not announced the moves. The Buffalo News first reported the firings on its website earlier in the day.
The changes come two days after Rolston took over the job on a permanent basis. He closed the season going 15-11-5 as the team's interim coach in replacing Lindy Ruff, who was fired in February.
The shuffle does not come as a surprise. Rolston indicated he was going to spend the next few weeks putting together his staff.
Both Patrick and Adams were holdovers from Ruff's tenure, and were both responsible for working behind the bench.
Patrick had completed his seventh season in Buffalo, where he had become Ruff's top assistant. He's a former defenseman who enjoyed a 21-season NHL career split between four teams, inclu...