The Sabres were a bad team, but I cannot imagine that Ted Nolan was helping them at all. They were historically awful and their roster isn't *that* bad - I mean, is it worse than an expansion team? I don't think so, and yet it performed worse.
The myth of Ted Nolan as a good coach will continue to live on thanks to Dominik Hasek though.
I mean even when Buffalo's best players were performing well (near the end of the season Gionta was on fire and Lindback was playing .920 hockey) Buffalo was still pretty atrocious. When a team does as bad as Buffalo did, especially goal-wise from October to February, the coach you have simply cannot be that great, even if the team could perform somewhat better under him with a few more pieces.
Buffalo knows they are getting a superstar next year. I don't see why they would want to have that player begin his development under a coach who is 100% not the long-term answer.
I don't have much faith that Camm is going to be a 30 goal scorer for us. What I am hoping is that along with 25 goals a season, he can add 10-15 more assists or so than he had this year, and become a 50-55 point player for us.
If Buffalo management purposely constructed a team to lose as many games as possible, they would not have told the coach. There's a reason team secrets don't often get leaked; the first is that it hurts the player/coach's career who does it, the second is that everyone on the staff is on a need-to-know basis. Players and coaches don't tank either; it is self-injurious.