Bucky Gleason of The Buffalo News tweeted today that sources have told him that the Sabres have reached an agreement with Trottier, though no official announcement has been made by the team, and it may not come until later this week.
Sources: Sabres have reached an agreement with Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier to serve as assistant coach under Ted Nolan.
— Bucky Gleason (@TBNbucky) July 29, 2014.
The former NHLer was drafted by the New York Islanders in 1974.
He spent the majority of his NHL career with the Islanders from 1975 until 1990, finishing off the last three seasons of his playing career with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After his playing career ended, he acted as an assistant coach of the Penguins from 1993 until 1997. He also was head coach of the AHL’s Portland Pirates for the 1997-98 season before four consecutive years as assistant coach of the Colorado Avalanche.
His most recent coaching stint was a midseason replacement as head coach of the New York Rangers in 2002-03.
His playing career saw him notch 1,425 points in 1,279 regular season games. He won a slew of awards, including the Calder, Art Ross, Hart, Conn Smythe and King Clancy. He’s won seven Stanley Cups, including four while playing with the Islanders, two with the Penguins and one as an assistant coach of Colorado.
To this day, he still holds multiple Islanders franchise records and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibiltiy.
Despite the fact that this seems to be just reports milling around the Internet for now, Buffalo Sabres fans were quick to comment on the reported agreement, and many of the reactions seem to be positive.
Bryan Trottier eh? Wow. I’m impressed. Did not see that one coming tbh.
— Paul Olczak (@pvo78) July 29, 2014
If sources are correct, Bryan Trottier to Buffalo is amazing. #Sabres
— ⒿⓄⓈⒾⒶⒽ ⓁⓔⓇⓄⓎ (@JosiahDLeRoy) July 29, 2014
It’s been three and a half months since the Buffalo Sabres announced that Jim Corsi and Teppo Numminen were gone, and Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton were offered other positions in the team’s hockey department. Sacco was recently hired by the Boston Bruins as assistant coach.
As the NHL season creeps closer, an official announcement from the team about assistant coach should be forthcoming, whether it’s Trottier or someone else.
Only time will tell if this report is true, but for argument’s sake — what do you think of this hiring… yay or nay?