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Though this is Rolston’s first job at the NHL level, he’s credited by the Sabres for his attention to detail and teaching methods.

The challenge for Rolston has been getting his message across during a condensed 48-game season, in which there is little room for extended practices. And the timing of his hiring didn’t help, with Rolston’s first players meeting occurring in a hotel in Toronto, a day before a game against the Maple Leafs.

“Obviously, he wasn’t put in an easy situation coming in,” Pominville said. “It would be interesting to see what he can do throughout a training camp, where he can have three weeks to get us ready.”

Rolston will finish the season in Buffalo, and is a candidate to take over the coaching job on a full-time basis.

General manager Darcy Regier likes what Rolston has done so far.

“He’s a teacher, and the team is making some progress,” Regier said last week. “I like what we’ve seen so far.”

Rolston, who can always return to his former job in Rochester, is taking a one-day-at-a-time approach.

“If you look at the grand picture, you can just get overwhelmed by it,” Rolston said. “I just try to live in the moment, enjoy where I’m at, enjoy the challenge, and just try to make it better.”

So far, so-so.