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Sabres hire Mair, Barch as player development coaches

Adam Mair is moving from HarborCenter to First Niagara Center.

The Sabres announced Wednesday that they have hired Mair and Krys Barch as player development coaches. Mair, who played in Buffalo from 2002 to 2010, spent the last 18 months as a coach at the Academy of Hockey.

Prior to joining the HarborCenter staff, the 36-year-old spent the 2012-13 season as director of player development for Canisius College. Mair, who also played for Toronto, Los Angeles and New Jersey, recorded 114 points in 615 games.

Barch, who retired in 2014 after an eight-year NHL career, will coach for the first time. The 35-year-old had 35 points in 381 games with Dallas, Florida and New Jersey.

Barch is likely more known for two off-ice incidents. The NHL suspended the Panthers forward for one game in 2012 for inappropriate language, with the Miami Herald reporting that he asked Montreal’s P.K. Subban if he “slipped on a banana peel” after falling. Though the comment carries racial overtones, Barch insisted it wasn’t meant that way.

The enforcer also penned an epic Twitter outburst about NHL owners while drinking at a campfire during the 2012 lockout.

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