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Ralph Krueger seeks to reverse Sabres' coaching trend

Ralph Krueger is expected to be named the coach of the Buffalo Sabres, the sixth to serve in that role in the last eight seasons.

Here are his predecessors:

Lindy Ruff

Was in his 13th season as Sabres coach when Terry and Kim Pegula purchased the team in February 2011. The Sabres went 43-29-10 that season and made the playoffs, the last time the organization made the postseason. The Sabres went 39-32-11 the following season and Ruff was fired after a 6-10-1 start in the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.

Ron Rolston

Finished the lockout season with a 15-11-5 record and returned to start the 2013-14 season. The Sabres were 4-15-1 when Rolston was fired, the worst start in franchise history. Rolston and GM Darcy Regier were let go and replaced by former coach Ted Nolan and Pat LaFontaine as president of hockey operations.

Ted Nolan

Nolan's second stint with the Sabres lasted a season and a half. He finished the 2013-14 season with a 17-36-8 record and went 23-51-9 in his lone full season before being fired again.

Dan Bylsma

The former Penguins coach brought a Stanley Cup ring and six consecutive playoff appearances to Buffalo only to be ushered out after two seasons. Bylsma was fired along with GM Tim Murray, who came to Buffalo in January 2014. Bylsma departed with a 68-73-23 mark. The Sabres were 35-36-11 in his first year, but then went 33-37-12 and finished last in the division in his second season.

Phil Housley

The Sabres brought a Hall of Fame defenseman back to Buffalo after Housley's tenure as an assistant with the Nashville Predators. The Sabres finished last in the NHL in 2017-18 at 25-45-12 and then underachieved this season despite a 10-game winning streak. The Sabres missed the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season and went 33-39-10, leading to Housley's dismissal. Housley's two-year total: 58-84-22.

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