Report: Sabres waiting to interview Housley, Tocchet, Martin

June 10, 2017 - 12:10 pm
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It appears as though the Buffalo Sabres are now the only team in the National Hockey League without a head coach.

TSN's Bob McKenzie first reported on Saturday morning that the Florida Panthers are closing in on a deal to make former Sabres defenseman Bob Boughner their next head coach.

Barring any last-minute hiccups, FLA and Bob Boughner are closing in on a deal for him to be the Panthers' new head coach.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 10, 2017

The Associated Press has since confirmed McKenzie's report, saying the Panthers have offered the head coaching job to Boughner and both sides could finalize a deal come Monday. Boughner had also reportedly interviewed with the Sabres for their head coaching job nearly two weeks ago.

However, McKenzie added after the fact that the Sabres are waiting for the Stanley Cup Final to end in order to get the chance to speak with Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley, and possibly Pittsburgh Penguins assistants Rick Tocchet and Jacques Martin.

BUF is waiting for Cup final to end to interview Housley, and possibly PIT assistant coaches Rick Tocchet and Jacques Martin.

— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 10, 2017

The Penguins currently lead the Predators 3-2 in the series with Game 6 coming Sunday in Nashville. If the Predators force a deciding Game 7 back in Pittsburgh, that will take place on Wednesday night at PPG Paints Arena.

Housley, 53, has spent the past four seasons behind the bench as an assistant with the Predators. The former Sabres and Hall of Fame defenseman has been rumored to be of interest for several head coaching jobs this offseason, and the Sabres have been one team interested in him from the start. This would be Housley's first head coaching job in the NHL if the Sabres do make him their guy.

Tocchet, 53, has been with the Penguins as an assistant coach since 2014. Tocchet has had experience coaching in the NHL with the Tampa Bay Lightning, starting as the interim head coach in 2008 before having the interim tag removed before the 2009-10 season. In parts of two seasons behind the bench with the Lightning, he led his club to a 53-69-28 record.

Martin, 64, is a grizzled coaching veteran in the NHL with 17 years of experience as the head boss with four different teams. Martin has spent the past four years with the Penguins organization as an assistant coach. He last served as a head coach during the 2011-12 season with the Montreal Canadiens before getting fired in December of 2011.

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