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BUFFALO, N. Mike Glennon Jersey .Y. -- Sabres forward Drew Stafford has witnessed plenty of turmoil during his eight seasons in Buffalo. Following Staffords rookie season in 2007, the Sabres lost co-captains Chris Drury and Danny Briere to free agency. Last year, long-time coach Lindy Ruff was fired. What occurred during a 24-hour stretch this weekend has become the topper, leaving Stafford shaking his head in disbelief after returning to practice Sunday. "I thought I had seen it all," Stafford said. "But, I guess, theres always room for more surprises. And this ones definitely a shocker." On Friday, Stafford had difficulty keeping his emotions in check after star goalie Ryan Miller was traded to St. Louis. A day later, he was blindsided upon learning of Pat LaFontaines abrupt resignation as president of hockey operations. "Its tough," Stafford said. "Its another challenge, a little more adversity that youve got to put on top of the pile." As if the Sabres (18-34-8) needed any more distractions during a season in which upheaval and dysfunction have been common threads for the NHLs last-place team. At 2-13-1, Buffalo got off to its worst start in team history. Leading scorer Thomas Vanek was traded to the Islanders in October. The Sabres opened 0-8-1 at home, before enjoying their first win on Nov. 12. Three days later, general manager Darcy Regier and coach Ron Rolston were fired. Now this. Miller getting dealt along with captain Steve Ott, were widely anticipated moves because both were in the final years of their contracts. LaFontaines departure was a surprise, coming a little more than three months after his arrival was hailed as a positive turning point for a struggling team. "Its a lot for our fans to swallow in a short amount of time," Sabres president Ted Black said. "It creates uncertainty. And its something that fans are going to be upset by." Black failed to divulge any further details regarding the resignation except to reiterate LaFontaine wanted to resume his previous role working with the National Hockey League. Black called the resignation a disappointment, but denied speculation that there had been any discord between LaFontaine and front-office staff or owner Terry Pegula. LaFontaine has not returned messages, and on Sunday, his cell-phone mailbox was full. Whats clear is that his departure marks the latest setback for a franchise that has had difficulty establishing a winning course in the three years since Pegula bought the team and vowed to build an immediate contender. The Sabres are in jeopardy of missing the playoffs for a third straight season, and in the midst of a rebuilding plan that began with the purge of numerous high-priced veterans last year. Black said the objective has not changed, and the teams transformation will continue under general manager Tim Murray. "Pat was here for three months. It is one person," Black said. "I dont know if that impacts the greater mission or will deter us." Murray was hired by LaFontaine in January, and now assumes much of his former bosss responsibilities. It was Murray, who negotiated the Miller trade. And he is also fielding offers to make further deals before the leagues trade deadline on Wednesday. Next on Murrays priority list is negotiating a contract extension with interim coach Ted Nolan, who was brought in by LaFontaine for a second stint in Buffalo. "We want Teddy to be our coach going forward," Murray said. "If he wants to be here, I want him to be our coach." The question is whether Nolan wants to stay, something he left open following practice Sunday. "Right now, its not about my contract. Its about the situation thats happening," Nolan said. "Its about whats transpired in this organization, what happened to a very dear friend. And well leave it at that." So much for the momentum the Sabres were supposed to be enjoying with their first three-game winning streak in preparing to play Dallas on Monday. "We traded our franchise player, we traded our captain. Thats tough enough as it is. And then all of a sudden the situation with Patty," Nolan said. "Right now, I have to put my personal situation behind right now and really concentrate on those 22 guys here." Informed of Nolans comments, Murray said, "Im not going to beg anybody to come work here." Murray said its his objective to continue rebuilding the Sabres, which is what he was hired to do with or without LaFontaine. "I cant make choices for him. He makes his own choices," Murray said. "Im not one to dwell on what-ifs and sentiment and all that. But Ill forever be grateful that he hired me." Markus Golden Jersey . He just didnt expect them to be this good. Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points to lead No. 6 Villanova to a dominating 77-59 victory over Georgetown on Saturday, preserving the Wildcats hopes of a No. Sam Bradford Jersey . It will mark the 22nd time the tournament has been held in this country and fourth in Atlanta Canada but will make its first appearance ever in played Nova Scotia. . The 31-year-old, a two-time CFL lineman of the year, was among the most coveted free agents on the market. The Windsor, Ont., native will be especially important to a team that has lost veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo to retirement and is expected to go with the less experienced Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh this season.Dusan Tadic has a new role under Southampton boss Claude Puel and has stepped up to become the clubs key creator. Ahead of Saints clash with Burnley on Super Sunday, we look at his impact for club and country... When Tadic tucked away Serbias winner over Austria last Sunday, the Southampton man preserved a remarkable streak.Previously exiled from international duty after Serbia failed to qualify for Euro 2016, he has returned in style under new boss Slavoljub Muslin, scoring or assisting each of his countrys last 10 goals. Its a stunning turnaround for the Saints winger, and is the main reason why Muslins side currently top World Cup qualifying Group D ahead of Wales. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. I almost burst into tears when the whole stadium started chanting my name at the end of the game, Tadic said after the 3-2 victory over the Austrians.It doesnt matter whos getting the assists and the goals, the important thing is that we are winning. Muslin has deployed the right strategy and were only going to get better. Dusan Tadic has played a role in Serbias last 10 goals The former Twente player has also stepped up at St Marys following the departures of Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle.It was another summer of transition on the south coast and some thought the talented Serb could leave too, but new boss Claude Puel sold his vision to Tadic, who signed a four-year contract extension in early August. In his first few weeks at the club, Puel made it clear he had big plans for the attacker, saying: I think Tadic is interesting in his position because he can turn and go quickly.He can give good passes for the striker. He wants to make progress all the time in the games step by step.Im sure that Dusan is going to make a very good season. Highlights of Southamptons 3-0 win over West Ham His fine finish againnst West Ham was his first goal of the season, and perhaps surprisingly, the man who twice set up three goals in one game last season is yet to provide an assist this term. Korey Cunningham Jersey.  But stats can be deceiving.Dig a little deeper and you find Tadic has created 22 chances for team-mates in the league to date, behind only Willian (23) and Jason Puncheon (24), and no player has created more than the Serb from open play (20 chances created).Southampton initially struggled to adapt to Puels diamond formation, with Tadic in an unfamiliar central role, and did not record their first league win under mid-September against Swansea.This is a new system for everyone, Tadic said after defeat to Arsenal on September 10. I used to play normally in a 4-2-3-1 system and I can play in all three positions, left, right or number 10.For me, it doesnt matter which position I play, the most important is I play where the ball is, because I like to be on the ball. Charlie Austin and Dusan Tadic argued over who would take a penalty against Sparta Prague The appointment of Puel, a Premier League novice, and his subsequent poor start tempered expectations at a club becoming used to consistent improvement, and a spat between Tadic and Charlie Austin over a first-half penalty against Sparta Prague had the potential to be seized upon by those looking for signs of discontent.But Austin scored and Tadic impressed as the Saints ran out comfortable 3-0 winners, and its a result that has proved something of a turning point.Since then, Puels side are unbeaten, having kept six consecutive clean sheets, with Burnley next at home before a mouthwatering clash with Serie A giants Inter Milan in the San Siro next Thursday.Its reward for a fantastic campaign under previous boss Ronald Koeman, and while many of the stars of that team have departed, along with the manager, crucially Tadic remains. Dusan Tadic signed his new four-year contract with Southampton in August Now 27, he is committed to Southampton through the peak years of his career. Not that hes resting on his laurels.Im that kind of person who likes always to improve myself and I think I can play much, much better as well as my team, he said.You try to push yourself much more and I will try to improve further and cause more danger for opponents to make our fans happy.You want to show your best in every game and in training. You always need to be looking to improve your game to help your team take points.Watch Southampton v Burnley on Super Sunday from 3.30pm on Sky Sports 1 HDYou can watch Liverpool v Man Utd, plus Englands tour of Bangladesh and the British Masters on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy six months at half price! Also See: Premier League questions Southampton v Burnley preview Your clubs bogeyman is... 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