Buffalo Sabres

Lapinski: Tippett is a top-five coach in the right situation

It's been nearly a month since Phil Housley was relieved of his duties as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Various names have been added and subtracted from the coaching mix since April 7. The latest names that have been rumored to be top candidates include Swedish men's national ice hockey...
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Jason Botterill is taking the right approach in finding a coach

(WGR 550) - Jason Botterill is going through an extensive interview process before he decides on a coach for the Sabres. I get all the time that since there isn’t a coach in place that nobody wants the job, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Botterill wants to make sure he gets this right...
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Report: Dave Tippett has interviewed for Sabres' head coaching position

You can add Dave Tippett to the list of names that have been reported to be of interest for the Buffalo Sabres and their head coaching vacancy. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported on Tuesday in his 31 Thoughts blog that the Sabres have interviewed former Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes head...
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Sabres' Dahlin really enjoyed his first NHL season

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin is one of the three finalists for the NHL’s Calder Trophy that recognizes the rookie of the year. Dahlin was very good this season, but I don’t think there’s any question that the best is yet to come. The Swedish defenseman was 18-years-old throughout the...
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Sabres' Montour joins Team Canada for the World Championships

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Sam Reinhart had told me on locker clean out day that he was going to play for Team Canada at the World Championships, but Canada has named another Sabre to the team. Brandon Montour will also be on the defense. Jason Botterill is one of three men running Team Canada. Other...
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Many Swedish players in the Sabres organization have played for Rikard Grönborg

Buffalo, NY (WGR 550) - Rikard Grönborg is a name that keeps popping up in the Sabres' coaching search . Grönborg is preparing for the World Championship, where his team, Sweden, is two-time defending champion. After this tournament, Grönborg will be leaving the national team, and he’s told The...
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Victor Olofsson had a good season despite getting no points in the playoffs

Rochester, NY (WGR 550) - Despite not picking up a point in his three AHL playoff games, I think Victor Olofsson will be one of the young guys to earn a spot on next year's Sabres team. In 66 games with Rochester the hard shooting winger netted 33 goals and 30 assists for 66 points. The Amerks...
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Sabres’ Dahlin is up for the Calder Trophy as the league’s best rookie

(WGR 550) - Rasmus Dahlin is one of the three finalists for the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s best rookie. Dahlin is joined by St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington and Vancouver winger Elias Pettersson. Only Phil Housley had more points as an 18-year-old defenseman than Dahlin. This year’s first overall...
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Luukkonen named Goaltender of the Year in the OHL

Buffalo Sabres prospect goalie Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen has earned some high praise in his first season playing in North America. In his first season with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League, Luukkonen posted a 38-11-2 record in 53 games with a 2.50 goals-against average and a league-best ...
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More names starting to surface in Sabres' coaching search

The Buffalo Sabres' head coaching search remains quite mute as the end of April draws near. After Todd McLellan was no longer in the coaching mix for the Sabres, and subsequently took the head coaching job with the Los Angeles Kings, the news of any interviews, let alone candidates, have been on...
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