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Report: Sabres interview former NHLer for vacant coaching position

The former Sabre is top of GM Botterill’s list.

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Bob Boughner, assistant coach of the San Jose Sharks, has been formerly linked to the vacant head coaching job with the Florida Panthers and, according to TSN insider Pierre LeBrun, has now been interviewed by the Buffalo Sabres. 

Ever since Jason Botterill was hired as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, he’s had to field questions on who the team’s next head coach might be. He hasn’t named names, but he’s hinted that the team’s next bench boss must have some experience working with and developing young players. Boughner, of course, was an accomplished junior hockey coach before joining the Sharks in 2015-16. In nearly 10 years as the head coach of the OHL’s Windsor Spitfires, Boughner won back-to-back Memorial Cups and was twice named the league’s coach of the year.

If he does in fact join the Sabres, he’ll be another member of the team’s alumni to join its staff. The big defenseman made his NHL debut with the Sabres back in 1995-96 and would play for the team over parts of three seasons before being selected by the Nashville Predators in the 1998 NHL Expansion Draft.