3 coaches the Sabres can replace Don Granato with right now

The Buffalo Sabres handed former head coach Don Granato his walking papers, and now the search begins yet again for a new leader.
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Craig Berube would bring experience and success

While Craig Berube’s overall success has diminished since he led the St. Louis Blues to a Stanley Cup in 2019, it doesn’t take away from the fact he is a former champion. Berube took over for Mike Yeo early in the 2018-19 season, and, yeah, talk about an unprecedented run to win the Cup. This was a team that had just 34 points come the 2019 calendar year, and they went on a run for the ages under Berube. 

So, let’s look at some similarities here: The Sabres underperformed in 2023-24, they fired Don Granato, and Craig Berube, a coach who has experience in this eerily identical situation, is available. 

If you’re Kevyn Adams, there is no way that you can’t at least consider Berube here, considering the circumstances. No, he didn’t have much success in the playoffs following that amazing win in the 2019 Final, but the guy fielded a competitive team all the way until 2022-23 when general manager Doug Armstrong decided to start “retooling” the lineup. 

The Blues had just 81 points that year, and following a rocky start in 2023-24, Armstrong dismissed Berube. Luckily for the latter, he won’t be dealing with a retooled group, as the Blue and Gold will be ready to roll with their current group and another addition or two.