However, of Nolan’s team inherited by the management trying to rebuild the struggling franchise in this winter-blessed western New York border town, only Latvian former star-goalie Arturs Irbe will be staying on as head goalie coach.
Meanwhile, All-Star Latvian forward Zemgus Girgensons, who suffered an ankle injury which kept him off the ice for the last six games of the season, said his prime goal at the moment was “to heal the ankle, not a fun injury.”
@LWOSShakcc Girgensons wasn't just playing because of Nolan. He's likely viewed as an important piece to the rebuild.— Joel Yinger (@jyinger) April 13, 2015
Asked whether he would be healthy enough to join Latvia’s national team at the Worlds Girgensons said “No. I don’t know yet, that depends on doctors. We’ll see what happens.”
As for Nolan, many experts rule out further prospects for him in the NHL, while another follower on Twitter suggested Latvia was no place for him, either.
I really hope the next move for Ted Nolan isn't back to Latvia. Dude made the best of a thankless situation.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) April 12, 2015
At least in Latvia Nolan knows he won't ever be left thankless!