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Nolan says no deadline on Sabres' contract offer, keeping focus on ice

By John Vogl

DALLAS -- Ted Nolan has twice waited years for a team to offer him a coaching contract. He has one on the table now, and this time he's waiting.

The Sabres' coach said today he has not talked with General Manager Tim Murray about his future. Murray said Sunday about Nolan, "If he wants to be here, I want him to be our coach."

"No, I haven’t thought about it," Nolan said in American Airlines Center, where the Sabres visit the Stars. "My main focus right now is the game tonight."

Is there a deadline on the offer?

"No deadline," Nolan said. "No nothing. My main focus as it’s always been since I’ve been here, and I said it earlier, not because I’m just saying it today, I’ve been really focused on doing what I’ve been asked to do when Pat LaFontaine first asked me to come here, so I’m going to do that."

Nolan said Sunday he is taking time to think about the offer because of the sudden resignation of LaFontaine.

Nolan left the Sabres in 1997 and didn't get another NHL job until 2006 with the Islanders. He lasted two years in New York and was gone until the Sabres brought him back in November. Buffalo was set to give him a multiyear extension last week.

"Yeah, it’s nice to be wanted, for sure," Nolan said.

Nolan conducted an almost-full morning skate, with one notable exception. Matt Moulson, who is expected to be traded before Wednesday's deadline, was the only player to skip the workout.

"The vast majority of the time we have optional skates in pregame skates," Nolan said. "It’s their option. Matty felt better if didn’t go out there today."

Moulson is scheduled to play tonight alongside Tyler Ennis and Drew Stafford. Jhonas Enroth will start in goal, while trade-target Jaroslav Halak will be the back up.

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