June 16, 1989 |
Minor league Coach Rick Dudley, a former Buffalo player, was named Sabres coach today, replacing the fired Ted Sator. Sator was dismissed Thursday by Gerry Meehan, who was in Minneapolis for the NHL meetings and draft. Dudley, 40, who has been coach of the American Hockey League's New Haven Nighthawks, played for Buffalo from 1973 to '75 and 1979 to '81, scoring 70 goals and 94 assists in 279 games. He also had a 30-game stint with the Winnipeg Jets. A left wing, his top scoring years came with Cincinnati of the now-defunct World Hockey Assn.
May 24, 1989 |
Phil Esposito was fired today as coach, general manager and vice president of the New York Rangers. Esposito took over as coach with two games left last season when, as general manager, he fired Michel Bergeron. In making the announcement, John Diller, executive vice president of Madison Square Garden Sports Group, which owns the NHL team, said, "We announced at the end of the season that we would undertake a thorough assessment of the entire Ranger organization." ". . . It is our belief that new hockey leadership is necessary at this time in order to achieve the goals we have set for this franchise.
November 27, 1986 |
The strange saga of Ted Sator and the New York Rangers came to an end last Friday when Ranger General Manager Phil Esposito fired Sator and his two assistants. Esposito said he had considered the move for 2 1/2 weeks, after an early season of acrimony off the ice and little success on it. Sator was hired last season and led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup semifinals. His contract was extended through 1988 last summer.
February 21, 1987
Buffalo Sabres Coach Ted Sator, returning to Madison Square Garden Friday night for the first time since being fired by the New York Rangers in November, shrugged off any notion of revenge and simply gave credit for the Sabres' 6-3 victory to goaltender Tom Barrasso, who stopped 35 shots. Blame for the Rangers' loss was going not to any one player, but to the league's matchmaker. "The guys were tired," New York forward Tony McKegney said. "I think it's ridiculous to get home at 4 a.m.
January 1, 1987 |
They're calling them the Buffalo Sators now, a mocking tribute to the Sabres' new coach, Ted Sator. A month ago, after being fired by the New York Rangers, Sator was asked where he thought he would be working next. "Hmm, is there a hockey team in hell?" he mused. Buffalo is as close as the NHL gets, but with a marked temperature inversion. Sator inherits a crummy team (8-23-5), an old team, a slow team, a team that cannot score.