Nolan was named Buffalo’s interim coach in November, replacing Ron Rolston for his first NHL coaching gig since 2008. The Sabres, who started the season 4-15-1, have gone 16-30-7 with Nolan behind the bench and sit last place in the league.
The 55-year-old Garden River, Ont., native has a 163-170-19-28 record in five seasons with the Sabres and New York Islanders. He won the Jack Adams Award in 1996-97 after leading the Sabres to a division title. Nolan also served as the head coach for the Latvian national team at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi.