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Plenty of coaching choices await Sabres

With the Sabres still looking for a new coach, there’s no shortage of candidates.

Dan Bylsma: Won Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh in 2009 after call-up from AHL following firing of Michel Therrien. Was dismissed following last season, when Team USA was a disappointment in Olympics and Penguins struggled in playoffs. Spent this year doing television work, including World Juniors for NHL Network. Believed to be candidate of interest in San Jose.

Luke Richardson: Coach of AHL’s Binghamton Senators has long relationship with Tim Murray. The News reported on Feb. 1 he was Murray’s top choice to replace Ted Nolan but that was set aside by the Babcock pursuit. Played more than 1,400 NHL games with six teams and then helped develop several of Ottawa’s top prospects. Daughter is a student at Cornell and he did not want to take Ottawa job because of that. Buffalo may be more palatable choice.

Paul MacLean: Former Babcock assistant in Detroit was fired in December by Ottawa during his fourth season with the Senators. Won Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2013 after getting nominated in 2012. Won one playoff series in three seasons.

Peter DeBoer: Coached seven seasons with Florida and New Jersey, including a trip to the Stanley Cup finals with Devils in 2012. Another rumored San Jose candidate.

Randy Cunneyworth: Longtime former NHLer, who had multiple stops in Buffalo, worked this season with Sabres as a development coach. Was interim coach in Montreal in 2011-12. Might be a candidate to replace Chadd Cassidy in Rochester as well; coached there from 1999-2008.

Guy Boucher: Led Tampa Bay to Eastern Conference finals in 2011 but was fired in 2013 and has been coaching in Switzerland. Apparently interviewed Tuesday with Leafs for head coaching job; some speculation he could be an assistant to Babcock.

email: mharrington@buffnews.com

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