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Phil Housley Named Assistant Coach For The Arizona Coyotes

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have signed Phil Housley to a multi-year contract to serve as an assistant coach on Head Coach Rick Tocchet's staff. As per club policy, terms of the contracts were not disclosed.

"Phil is a great addition to our coaching staff," said Chayka. "His experience as a player, combined with his success overseeing defensive units, make him a perfect fit for this job. We're all excited to work with him and leverage his knowledge of the game to make us better."
"I'm very pleased to add Phil to our coaching staff," said Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet. "Phil is a tremendous coach and his experience and knowledge of the game will be invaluable to our defensemen."

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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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Video- Phil Housley After A Loss To The Arizona Coyotes

via Mike Harrington tweets,

Steam coming out of Housley’s ears after this one. As well it should be.

Housley unhappy after strong effort vs. NSH: "We can't handle any success. By the way, we lost that game 4-0 so you'd think you'd come out gangbusters to start. It was a very meaningful game in that you're in last place. That's what's hard to swallow. Just unacceptable." 



Below, watch the game highlights from Buffalo's 4-1 loss to the Arizona Coyotes.

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Not The Best Year For Phil Housley

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Hey, it's a little late for desperation, fellas. The first season after the exiles of Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma has been an abject disaster. Despite Tuesday's heroics, they're still on pace for the worst home record in franchise history – yes, worse than the early days or even those giddy tank seasons.

You can put a lot of this on a misguided owner, Terry Pegula, a fan boy who couldn't decide whether his general manager or coach was more responsible for last year's regression, so got rid of them both – investing undeserved power in a bunch of entitled players who had never won a damn thing.

But let's not forget the red-haired elephant in the room. Phil Housley has gotten off pretty easy in his first go as an NHL head coach, but his rookie season has been a miserable failure. A Sabres team that was expected to challenge for a playoff spot is at the bottom of the Eastern Conference instead....

I understand the notion that you can't keep firing coaches and GMs, that players have to be held accountable. But hockey is an effort sport, and if their effort is lacking on too many nights, especially at home, you have to wonder about the guy who's supposed to be motivating them....

Housley has been a colossal letdown, one that could have been averted. Pegula could have hired Botterill first and let him make the call on Bylsma, whom he knew from Pittsburgh. Instead, ownership swallowed the idea that Bylsma wasn't friendly enough with his players. Tim Murray said Bylsma needed to drink coffee with them more often. Then he got fired. So whose advice was the owner really taking?


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Phil Housley On His Start As The Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres

from Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press,

“Obviously, when you’re not winning, the pressure builds and you have to try to handle all those things and the stressful parts of the job,” Housley said. “But I love the challenge. I love coming to the rink, I love getting better, whether as a coach or demanding more from players and trying to turn the organization around.”...

But injuries and a lack of depth have left Housley limited with the Sabres as the Hall of Fame defenseman tries to work with his Buffalo blue liners.

“We continue to work with those guys, but we’ve been banged up back there, which is too bad,” Housley said. “We haven’t had our top six since Day 1. That’s been a big problem for us trying to create chemistry with partners. But we just try to bring the compete level. That’s the measuring stick day in and day out.”


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Phil Housley Is The New Head Coach Of The Buffalo Sabres


Buffalo press release is below...

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Phil Housley Finally A Hall Of Famer

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Housley was in Arizona helping his son, one of four children, move into his own place in anticipation of attending Arizona State University. It was supposed to be about his son that weekend and instead he ended up on the phone doing interview after interview when news of his induction spread.

Housley, who recently became a grandfather, said he knew the Arizona trip would coincide with the annual Hall of Fame call, a call that had failed to be delivered to Housley for more than a decade since he became eligible.

"I wasn't really too worried because in past years I didn't want to get disappointed, but 10 minutes later I saw the phone and it had a 416 area code (Toronto), so I said, 'This could be the call' and sure enough Lanny (McDonald) and John Davidson were on the other end," Housley recalled.

"I think you look at who's going in (the Hall of Fame), you can't argue with the players that have gone in before me during that time when I had a chance to be elected. You can't argue. In the '80s and '90s there were so many impact players in the game that did a lot of amazing things. You sort of analyze it for a little bit and then you move on and you just hope the next year. But certainly when you do get the call it sort of erases all those years that you were able to elected (and weren't). You just forget about it and you just focus on what an incredible honor it's going to be."

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Phil Housley On Getting The Call From The Hockey Hall Of Fame

from Rachel Blount of the Star Tribune,

Housley said on a Monday teleconference that he was in Arizona when he got the news, visiting his son, Wilson, who attends Arizona State.

An assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, Housley had just returned from last weekend’s NHL draft in Florida.

“We were just about to sit down for lunch, and the Hockey Hall of Fame called,” said Housley, whose 1,232 points were the most by an American-born NHL player until ex-North Star Mike Modano passed him in 2007. “I knew it was the call to be elected.

“I’ve been patiently waiting, and there have been so many great players before me that have been inducted. To finally get that call, it’s still surreal, the shock. It’s a lot of emotions that I can’t describe, but it’s something I’m very, very excited about.”...

Housley’s wife, Karin, said the family had no idea that Phil would get the call this year.

“To be honest, we are still shocked,” she added. “He’s on cloud nine, overwhelmed with phone calls and texts of [congratulations].”


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Friedman’s ‘Headlines’ include discussion of front-office compensation, Competition Committee talk


Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman issued his customary "Saturday Headlines" during the second intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast, and he discussed the following topics:

According to Friedman:

  • The NHL's GM's will ensure that teams who have fired coaches or managers will not receive draft pick compensation--only coaches and front office executives who are under contract to an NHL team, not fired by an NHL team, will require compensation;
  • Friedman believes that John Hynes, Ray Shero's AHL coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins will probably be named the Devils' next coach, not Phil Housley;
  • Friedman doesn't believe that the Rangers will allow the Maple Leafs to speak to New York Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton;
  • He states that the Capitals and Braden Hotlby's representatives have begun to talk contract turkey;
  • And the NHLPA's Competition Committee will review the NHL's GM's proposals for 4-on-4-to-3-on-3 OT, defensive centers placing their sticks on the ice first and the 5% growth factor in the salary cap will all be discussed, with a "trial period" for 3-on-3 OT and possibly lesser growth for the cap in the offing.

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Phil Housley At The Top Of The List For The New Jersey Devils’ Head Coaching Job

from Rich Chere of NJ.com,

Phil Housley, who played 22 games for the Devils late in the 1995-96 season, is at the top of general manager Ray Shero's short list to become the club's next head coach.

Shero has done an extensive search to find the right coach for the Devils, considering Guy Boucher of SC Bern in Switzerland, Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton AHL coach John Hynes, but Housley has emerged as the leading choice.

Housley, 51, is currently an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators under Peter Laviolette. The Predators were knocked out of the playoffs this year by the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

He coached Team USA to the gold medal at the 2013 world junior championships in Ufa, Russia.


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Phil Housley Named Assistant Coach For Nashville

Nashville, Tenn. (May 21, 2013) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that Phil Housley has been named assistant coach of the team. Housley coached the United States to a gold medal at the 2013 World Junior Championships and ranks fourth all-time among NHL defensemen in points (338g-894a-1,232pts).

“Phil brings a unique skill set to our coaching staff,” Poile said. “He was one of the most talented offensive defensemen to play in the NHL, and he has worked extensively with young players during his coaching career. He will continue to focus his efforts on our young defensemen and assisting on the power play.”

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Big Night For Phil Housley

from Charley Walters of the Pioneer Press,

Phil Housley, who today at the St. Paul Hotel will be among recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, is twice appreciative of USA Hockey.

“They were the first people to give me a chance,” Housley said.

That was nearly 26 years ago, in 1982, when Housley was a senior at South St. Paul High School.

“USA Hockey allowed me to play in two exhibition games with the U.S. national team in Germany, playing against Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Clarke and many of the great players in the world before I was drafted, and I made the team,” he said. “That gave me a measuring stick.”


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Modano Gets it Done

From the CP via TSN,

Dallas centre Mike Modano broke Phil Housley’s NHL record for career points by an American-born player with two quick goals in the opening minutes of the Stars’ game against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night.

Modano’s two goals in the first 4:24 gave him 1,233 points in 1,253 regular-season games _ 242 games fewer than Housley played.


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Housley Feels For Modano

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

Phil Housley feels for Mike Modano.  He thought his record would be broken earlier in the season, too.

Housley, the owner of the NHL’s all-time scoring record by an American-born player, has been waiting for the phone call telling him that Modano had eclipsed his total.

But Modano’s slow start has allowed the record chase to drag on a bit.

“It’s tough on him, I can tell,” Housley said by phone as he vacationed in Arizona on Friday. “But I know he’s going to get it. It’s just a matter of time.”


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The Feats of Phil Housley

From Kevin Allen at USA Today,

Nashville Predators vice president Gerry Helper was a public relations staffer for the Sabres that season, and he recalls when 5-10, 170-pound Housley arrived at training camp he was so small “and boyish looking” that he didn’t fit the physical profile of a NHL player.

“But when you saw him on the ice it was a completely different story,” Helper recalled. “He was such a terrific skater. When he had the puck, he was unbelievable in terms of vision and creativity for an 18-year-old or a 28-year old.”

When he looked sharp in the training camp drills, critics said wait until the preseason games. When he was dominant in preseason games, they said wait until the regular season.  “And when I was doing well at the beginning of the year, they said, ‘Wait until January,’ ” Housley said, seeming both amused and proud of the memory.


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