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Phil Housley says 'Yes, I do' when asked if he expects to coach Sabres next year

DETROIT -- As much as he's tried to grind through the day-to-day schedule of practices and games, Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley knows his status has become a major talking point surrounding the team as well.

It seems the determination of whether Housley is staying or going is coming in short order after Saturday's finale against the Detroit Red Wings in Little Caesars Arena.

"It's definitely not where I want to be, right?" Housley said when pressed about his status today. "As far as where this organization is and the things that have happened in the past, those things I can't focus on right now. Those things we have to look at and evaluate after the season. But it has been not the direction we wanted to take."

Asked directly if he expects to be the coach of the Sabres next year, Housley simply said, "Yes, I do."

A few seconds earlier, Housley had said he continues to have an open line of communication with General Manager Jason Botterill.

"We talk on a day-to-day basis and that hasn't changed," Housley said. "Those things will be addressed tomorrow and Monday and we're just going to be focused on playing the game tonight. We're just going day-to-day business right now, just focusing on my job and what we have to do to get ready to play Detroit."

The Sabres are 32-39-10 this season after Housley went 25-45-12 last  year, his rookie season as an NHL head coach. His overall mark of 57-84-22 gives him a points percentage of just .415.

The Sabres were just 1-13-2 in their previous 16 games until beating Ottawa Thursday night. They have not won two in a row since December, a streak they're looking to snap tonight. They went just 2-12-2 in March.

"The consistency within our game (has been missing)," Housley  said. "But I am pleased the guys have stuck through this difficult March and come into April and they continue to find things to play for and play with pride."

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