PITTSBURGH -- The Sabres' search for a head coach has been relatively quiet to date, with the team clearly waiting to interview Pittsburgh assistant Rick Tocchet and Nashville aide Phil Housley once the Stanley Cup final is over.
But new General Manager Jason Botterill is known to be reaching out to other candidates and TSN's Pierre LeBrun is reporting Botterill interviewed former Sabres defenseman Bob Boughner for the post on Tuesday.
Boughner, 46, is currently an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks. He won two Memorial Cup championships as the head coach of the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires in 2009 and 2010. He played for six NHL teams -- including both the Predators and Penguins -- and was a popular defender on the Buffalo blueline from 1995-98.
Boughner scored just two goals in 177 games for the Sabres but was a favorite of fans for his rugged style as he racked up 494 penalty minutes. His Buffalo career ended as he was taken in the expansion draft by Nashville in 1998, and he played 78 games for the expansion Preds in 1998-99. He retired from playing in 2006 after 630 games, finishing with 15 goals, 57 assists and 1,382 penalty minutes.
Boughner headed an ownership group in purchasing the then-struggling Spitfires in February, 2006 and also became a two-time coach of the year in the OHL. He coached the team for eight seasons around a one-year stint as an assistant in Columbus before moving to San Jose in 2015 under Peter DeBoer, helping the Sharks reach the Stanley Cup final last year against Pittsburgh.
Boughner and Housley are both expected to interview with the Florida Panthers as well for their head coaching slot.