Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Cecil Buchanan

Paul Native Phil Housley Lands Buffalo Sabres Head Coaching Job

Paul Native Phil Housley Lands Buffalo Sabres Head Coaching Job

TSN's Darren Dreger also tweeted there are whispers former Islanders head coach Jack Capuano will join Housley as an assistant or associate head coach.

The Buffalo Sabres have hired Phil Housley as their next head coach, the team confirmed on Thursday.

Botterill did interview several other candidates, including Washington assistant Todd Reirden, before placing the search process on hold to wait for teams to conclude the playoffs. Under his tutelage, Nashville had at least one player finish in the top five in voting for the James Norris Memorial Trophy every season from 2013-14 to 2015-16.

On the ice, the Sabres were inconsistent on offense and their defense had difficulty in transition and moving the puck out of Buffalo's end.

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For now, Sabres fans should appreciate the hiring of Housley in addition to the hiring of Botterill.

Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Sabres' coaching process is that Rick Tocchet, who just won a second straight Stanley Cup as an assistant coach in Pittsburgh, wasn't contacted by Botterill, who was an assistant general manager in Pittsburgh before getting the Buffalo gig.

- Before he began coaching Nashville, Housley spent nine seasons as the head coach at Stillwater High School near his hometown of St. Paul, Minn. Housley also has worldwide experience, coaching the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Hockey Championships.

Housley retired after the 2002-03 season, having played 1,495 National Hockey League regular-season games, registering 338 goals and 894 assists for 1,232 points. "And then I said, 'But I'm the new head coach of the Buffalo Sabres".

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