Bob Woods' resume was enough to get him back on an NHL coaching staff. His teaching skills are what led Dan Bylsma to hire him as an assistant.
"Where he’s really going to help is he’s a teacher of the game and he has a unique ability to get on the same level as the players and help them out," Bylsma said Saturday. "Really, that’s what attracted me most about bringing Bob Woods to our team. I think he’s going to really be able to help us out in that regard."
Woods, who has won American Hockey League titles as a player, assistant and head coach, joined Buffalo on Thursday to fill one of the two openings on Byslma's staff. The final addition is not imminent.
"I wouldn’t say I’m super close," Byslma said. "I’ve spent the last 2 1/2 weeks really focused on getting Bob and bringing Bob in. Once that was done, that might give us some idea what we might look for in the third assistant."
Bylsma has also changed video coaches. While he wouldn't say who has replaced Corey Smith, a mainstay since the Lindy Ruff era, a source says the new hire is Adam Nightingale. The 36-year-old was the director of hockey operations and video coordinator at Michigan State and is the brother of Jason Nightingale, the Sabres' coordinator of analytic-related hockey evaluation.