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Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Buffalo Sabres name NHL Hall of Famer Phil Housley as head coach

Buffalo Sabres name NHL Hall of Famer Phil Housley as head coach

As an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators, he helped the defense get to where they were: in the Stanley Cup Final.

Thursday, that scenario became a reality.

A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have hired Phil Housley to be their next coach. While Botterill never really panned out as a first-round pick by the Dallas Stars in 1994, he has found himself in a successful role with the Penguins, winning three championships in his ten years with the team.

As a defenseman, Housley played eight seasons with Buffalo, before also playing for Winnipeg, St. Louis, Calgary, New Jersey, Washington, Chicago and Toronto (he played one game for the Maple Leafs).

Housley takes over a team that stagnated under Murray in extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to six seasons. He was the runner-up for the Calder Trophy (rookie of the year) in 1983.

No stranger to coaching in the National Hockey League as he has spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. Before that, he was a highly successful high school head coach in Minnesota and a regular member of the staffs for U.S. Hockey junior and men's national teams. With a 33-37-12 record, Buffalo finished last in the Atlantic Division, 26th overall, and with two fewer wins than last season.

While coaching there, Housley accepted a number of opportunities to coach for Team USA.

"He's a smart guy that does a very good job communicating that".

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