With new management in charge of the Buffalo Sabres, we held on tight to see what changes in coaching would be made. With the nod of confidence from new owner Terry Pegula – Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff continue to reign as the longest tenured GM and head coach pair in the NHL.
Beyond that however, we are seeing some changes in the other coaches the Buffalo Sabres have on their payroll. Brian McCutcheon will no longer be behind the bench for the Sabres, having been released from the staff. Stepping in to replace him could be fan favorite player Mike Foligno, or local boy and Stanley Cup Champion Kevyn Adams.
McCutcheon’s future with the Sabres is not exactly complete. If the organization returns to the Amerks after purchasing them, he could find himself as head coach of the AHL club, a role he once held with great success. Until then he remains with out a position.
Speaking of AHL coaches, the Sabres have lost the services of Kevin Dineen who was their bench boss in charge of caring for the prospects of the parent club in Portland. Dineen was announced as the head coach of the meager Florida Panthers. Dineen was bench boss for the Portland Pirates when they were affiliated with the Western Conference’s Anaheim Ducks. When the Sabres took over the AHL franchise – Dineen was left in charge. Last year the Sabres gave him permission to look for an NHL coaching job, but he remained on board. This year he accepted a position in the Sunrise State. Frank is excited to have our former AHL coach on board to help rebuild his team. Dineen becomes the 11th coach in the history of the franchise. With a lot of luck maybe Dineen can prevent becoming the coach that leads the Panthers to their 11th straight season without a playoff berth.