In a press release, Nolan said that it was a dream to come back and coach for the Sabres.
“Hockey is my life, and Buffalo is a special place for hockey. I’m excited by the challenge facing our team and our organization. And I’m truly thankful to have this opportunity."
Nolan returned for his second-stint in Buffalo in mid-November, replacing Ron Rolston who was fired along with GM Darcy Regier.
"Teddy has proven time and again that he is an exceptional leader, motivator and teacher," GM Tim Murray said in a statement released by the team. "He is exactly what we need in a head coach for our hockey team, and we’re confident in his ability to guide our players and turn this team around."
Nolan previously coached in Buffalo in the mid-90s, going 73-72-19. He left after the 1996-97 season due to conflict in contract negotiations. He will be a part of the Sabres rebuilding process in the coming years. The club currently remains in last place with a 20-45-9 record.
Nolan has successfully revived his coaching career over the past year. In addition to his stint with the Sabres, Nolan coached Team Latvia in Sochi to an eighth place finish – the country’s best ever.