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Phil Housley was not out of a coaching job for long. A source told The Buffalo News late Thursday night that the former Buffalo Sabres coach was hired as an assistant by the Arizona Coyotes, where he will oversee the team's defensemen -- the same role he held with the Nashville Predators from 2013-17. The Coyotes have yet to announce Housley joining the team. The 55-…

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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 …

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Jason Botterill was consumed by disappointment hours after he delivered the news to Phil Housley that the Buffalo Sabres would be making a coaching change. The 21-minute news conference that followed was Botterill's first admission of failure in less than two years as general manager. In addition to firing his first coach, Botterill acknowledged his roster did not have …

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Rochester Americans coach Chris Taylor, whose name has been mentioned as a possible replacement for former Sabres coach Phil Housley, said he hasn’t interviewed or talked with the team about the opening. “I’m just concentrating on this year and our players and our team right now,” Taylor said Thursday. The Sabres fired Housley on Sunday following a disappointing 76-p…

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In a rare tweet, Phil Housley posted his thanks for his time as the Buffalo Sabres' coach and said the "Buffalo community will always hold a special place in my heart." Housley was fired Sunday after two seasons on the job. He has yet to speak to reporters about his dismissal. Housley's wife, Karin, did not pull punches Monday night on Twitter, writing that "pati…

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Phil Housley has yet to make any public comments since he was fired as the Buffalo Sabres' coach Sunday afternoon. However, his wife, Karin, a Republican state senator in Minnesota since 2013, did not pull punches Monday night on Twitter, writing that "patience is rare" and pointed out the team's improvement under his guidance this season. "So proud of my husband @ph…

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Travis Yost has been involved in the world of hockey analytics for a decade and is part of TSN's Hockey Analytics team. Prior to joining TSN, Yost was a contributor at the Ottawa Citizen, the Sporting News and NHL Numbers, and he has been a consultant for an NHL franchise. He will be contributing breakdowns on the Buffalo Sabres for The Buffalo News this season. Follow Yos…

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Throughout the Buffalo Sabres' second-half meltdown, little was revealed about how Phil Housley interacted with players during his second season as coach. Some of those details were revealed Monday during locker cleanout in KeyBank Center, when the Sabres gave their thoughts on seeing another coach dismissed after two seasons behind the team's bench. They described Hous…

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Rasmus Ristolainen said the six losing seasons he’s endured since the Buffalo Sabres drafted him with the eighth overall pick in 2013 have been difficult mentally, that change is inevitable when a franchise continues to fail to make the playoffs, and that players on the team need to hold each other more accountable. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman was the first playe…

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Upon giving his recommendation to owners Kim and Terry Pegula, Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill had what he called a "tough conversation" with Phil Housley. That ultimately led to Housley, the Hall of Fame defenseman who was hired in June 2017, being fired after going 58-84-22 in two seasons as the Sabres' coach. Housley arrived as one of the game's top co…

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This is on Jason Botterill. All of it. Poor roster construction. Questionable moves. Odd development decisions. And ultimately, the decision to fire Phil Housley. While Housley's two seasons as coach rate among the most disappointing in Buffalo Sabres history, the general manager did his head coach no favors. As a tandem, Housley and Botterill were a colossal failure. …

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The unexpected, meteoric rise of the Buffalo Sabres in November had the city's hockey fans bracing for the franchise's first Stanley Cup playoffs appearance since 2011. A little over four months later, they are now awaiting word on whom General Manager Jason Botterill will choose to be the latest coach to attempt to break the organization's cycle of losing. Phil Housley…

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DETROIT — The Buffalo Sabres wrapped up a lost season Saturday night in Little Caesars Arena with a 7-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings. Now the focus shifts to fixing the mess of their eighth straight non-playoff campaign, and deciding if Phil Housley will get a third year as coach. A couple of hours prior to the season finale against the Wings, the Sabres finalized pla…

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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 Caesa…