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Report- Todd McLellan Could Be The Next Coach For The LA Kings

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Phil Housley Finished In Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 7, 2019) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Jason Botterill has announced that Head Coach Phil Housley has been relieved of his duties.

 


added 1:15pm, from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

There's no other way to slice it. Phil Housley's two seasons as coach rate among the most disappointing in Buffalo Sabres history.

There's plenty of blame to spread around, and General Manager Jason Botterill did his head coach no favors with some brutal roster construction. But the fact remains the coach takes the fall in these situations and Housley hit town with a lot of hype after the Nashville Predators got within two wins of a Stanley Cup. He was simply not good enough behind the Buffalo bench.

In two years under Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma, the Sabres totaled 81 and 78 points, respectively. In two years under Housley and Botterill, the numbers are 62 and 76 points. Frankly, the GM is lucky he's not joining Housley on the unemployment line.

Terry and Kim Pegula have blind faith in Botterill, much like they do in Bills GM Brandon Beane. Over time, the Pegulas -- especially Kim -- came to loathe Murray's abrasive style. They foolishly took the players' word that Bylsma needed to go. Now they're taking Botterill's word that the coaching was the big problem here. We'll see.

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Morning Line- Mike Harrington

The players essentially ran out coach Dan Bylsma two years ago after seasons of 81 and 78 points, respectively. Housley had 62 last year and is at 72 with four games left this time....

Housley continues to play good soldier in all this, even though his team has gone 1-11-2 in the last 14 games to slip to 27th place in the NHL's overall standing. The coach refuses to throw anybody under the bus....

It's a constant theme with a club that has won just 14 of its last 53 games. Housley tried to talk about the way his team played in Thursday's overtime loss to 28th-place Detroit as a way to show it hasn't quit. But he had no answer when asked about its abysmal road play: No wins in the last 14 games and just two goals in the last three.

-Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News after the Sabres lost to the Islanders 5-1 last night.  Harrington has more on the Buffalo Sabres.

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A Bad Game For The Buffalo Sabres

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

When the Buffalo Sabres were on the verge of taking over first place in the NHL, their fans inside KeyBank Center chanted, "We want 10."

The four months since that remarkable 10-game winning streak have included coach Phil Housley calling the Sabres' play soft, team leaders questioning pride within the locker room and all involved growing disgusted with their lack of consistency.

Another call for change was made after what Jack Eichel called an "embarrassing" performance Tuesday night in Canadian Tire Centre. The Sabres were shut out, 4-0, by the last-place Ottawa Senators, who fired their coach less than one month earlier and are regarded as one of the most dysfunctional franchises in professional sports.

Perhaps more troubling than the result, Buffalo (31-36-9) has the fewest points in the NHL since it sat atop the league's standings on Nov. 28, and it became the first team to lose 13 consecutive road games since the 1993-94 Winnipeg Jets.

"For whatever reason, the last couple months, the inconsistency has been a consistent thing," Kyle Okposo lamented. "I think that with the effort piece, in the last month it’s been too much up and down for my liking. I think before that it was really good. We just have to have better respect for the game and we have to have more accountability. We have to have more accountability."

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Morning Line- Mike Harrington

The Sabres were owned in their own building by their archrivals and their fans. Again. Phil Housley was spitting nails after this one. This group of Blue and Gold doesn't seem to have enough hate of the Blue and White like Buffalo team's did in Housley's day. No excuse to be so flat right from the opening faceoff. People want to blame the coach for that. He's not on the ice. Blame the guys in uniform. Show some pride.

-Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News on the Sabres/Leafs game last night.  Read more of his observations on the game.

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Teams Announced For the 2019 NHL Global Series

NEW YORK/TORONTO (March 21, 2019) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in conjunction with Live Nation Sweden, today announced that the Buffalo SabresChicago BlackhawksPhiladelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning will participate in the 2019 NHL Global Series.

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Video- Behind The Scenes Of A Buffalo Sabres Broadcast

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The Buffalo Sabres Have Scoring Issues

from Lance Lysowski of the Buffalo News,

A 10-game winning streak propelled the Buffalo Sabres to the top of the NHL for one day and offered hope to a fan base that has not experienced playoff hockey since 2011.

Now, the Sabres' second season under coach Phil Housley could be defined by another figure: 197 minutes, 40 seconds. That is where their scoring drought stood after they were shut out for a third consecutive game, losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 5-0, Thursday night in KeyBank Center.

The performance caused Jason Pominville to question the Sabres' pride, and Kyle Okposo grimaced while trying to explain how their play has become so unpredictable since the height of their success.

The Sabres (30-31-9) have lost 12 of their last 14 games, including six straight, and own the league's second-worst record since November had the city's fans imagining a playoff run. The team has not won back-to-back games since Dec. 13, and has gone over one week without scoring a goal, despite facing two backup goalies during that span.

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Afternoon Line- Jack Eichel

“It’s a 50/50 puck that I’m trying to make a play on. I had my eyes on the puck the whole time and actually make a play on the puck after, so it’s kind of frustrating, if they’re going to have a rule I think it needs to be pretty black and white. I mean if all head shots are suspendable then suspend all head shots and it’s tough to see them picking and choosing what they think is suspendable, but it’s a decision you have to live with.”

-Jack Eichel via WGR where you can read more on the hit/suspension...

If you missed the hit, watch it here.

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Video- Jack Eichel Suspended Two Games

Illegal check to the head.

 

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