Buffalo Sabres Coaches, Future of the NHL


Good morning, Buffalo Sabres fans. The Sabres have today and tomorrow off before returning to game action on Saturday, when they host the New York Rangers.

Last night’s loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs was, if nothing else, a tough-fought one. Heading into the game, six of the last 12 games between the Sabres and Leafs had gone to overtime, and last night was no different.

In addition, 17 of the last 19 games between the two teams had been won by the home team, including each of the last nine. Make that 10 now.

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That being said, the Buffalo Sabres still have a handful of games left on their schedule. Beginning on Saturday, they face a tough schedule that will see them play five games in eight nights, including two nationally-televised matchups against the Washington Capitals and the Boston Bruins.

There’s still some questions heading into the rest of the season and the offseason, so don’t stop watching just yet.

One of the questions: the status of head coach Ted Nolan, who is taking a short-term approach heading into the rest of the season. [The Buffalo News]

Nolan’s comments are interesting, at the very least. While I seriously doubt anything would happen in the next month, it’s really just a matter of waiting to see what happens in the offseason.

Yep, that’s right – we’re cruising into the final month of the NHL season. And although it’s pretty clear that the Sabres aren’t going to make the playoffs, there are still some questions ahead for other teams. [USA Today]

One of the most interesting things lying ahead to look at may be the Los Angeles Kings, who have a great playoff record as of late – 41 playoff wins in the last three season. Despite that, the Kings are still on the cusp of the playoffs and aren’t guaranteed a spot, so one of the questions is: will they make it?

On a related note, check out this Bleacher Report piece on what every NHL team should focus on for the remainder of the season.

According to the BR piece, the Sabres need to focus on young veteran leadership. The development of guys like Tyler Ennis, Zach Bogosian and Marcus Foligno is considered a key point for the team going forward, when more and more young prospects will be joining the squad.

Finally, I shared this link a couple of days ago, but I’ll share it again. The Sabres blogging community is getting together to encourage fans to help design a new third jersey for the team. Submissions are being accepted now until Monday, March 23, before a two-week fan voting period. Check out more info here.

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