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Amerks bring Chris Taylor back to Rochester as head coach

Phil Housley is back in Buffalo. Chris Taylor is back in Rochester.

The Sabres looked to the past while hiring coaches who can build their future.

After bring back Housley earlier this month, the Sabres hired Taylor on Friday to coach the Rochester Americans. Taylor was a player or assistant coach in Rochester for 14 seasons.

“We’re excited to welcome Chris back to the organization as the next head coach of the Rochester Americans,” Amerks General Manager Randy Sexton said. “He has a proven track record of developing players in the American Hockey League, and there’s certainly no one more familiar with the organization than Chris.”

Like Sexton and Sabres GM Jason Botterill, Taylor was in the Pittsburgh Penguins' organization last season. Taylor was an assistant coach for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which had the best record in the American Hockey League.

Taylor played for Rochester and Buffalo from 1999 to 2006, then returned to the Amerks from 2009 to 2011. Taylor was a development coach in Rochester in 2011-12, then served as an assistant for four seasons before joining the Penguins.

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