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The youth will be served August 4, 2011

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After the Sabres’ reaffiliation with the Amerks was made official, some coaching changes were in the works. Brian McCutcheon was let go from the assistant coach position for the Sabres, and Kevin Dineen made the move to the NHL with the Florida Panthers from the Pirates’ head coach gig. While announcing the purchase of the Amerks, Sabres owner Terry Pegula proved his mastery of catchy phrases by adding another one to the lexicon, dubbing the Amerks the ‘University of Hockey’, and all the top brass reiterating that they wanted to win championships in both the NHL and the AHL. That was followed up by adding two coaches to the system who have both proven themselves with developing talent from the youth level.

Keeping that university policy in mind, hiring Ron Rolston to be the next Amerks coach seemed like a master stroke. He has been a head coach with the USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program for the last seven years, and his credentials as a teacher of the game are in no doubt. The Sabres have been well-served developing talent from within with the Vanek-Roy-Pominville generation, and Sabres fans can sleep easy knowing that the foundations are being set to maintain that trend. While Pegula’s deep pockets are funding free agency splashes, like in any competitive sport, to keep winning championships, internal talent must be developed.

The other move that should have Sabres’ fans excited is the promotion of Kevyn Adams from player-development coach to assistant coach in the organization. Not only is Adams a local boy with a Cup to his name, but in his two seasons on Lindy Ruff’s staff he has been credited with Drew Stafford catching fire and the resurgence of Nathan Gerbe. All these signs are pointing to the direction that the Sabres braintrust is continuously committed to the club and the future. It might still be early days to start throwing about terms like ‘legacy’ and ‘dynasty’, but the foundations are being set. As Pegula said “Winning is not a goal. It is a belief”.

One assumes if Charlie Sheen were a hockey fan these hires would easily earn the hashtag #winning.

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