Sabres Fire Head Coach, Looking At Bruce Boudreau As Replacement
It’s been a long time coming for Sabres fans, some thought they may never see the day. All it took was a 12 game losing streak but the Buffalo Sabres announced wednesday morning that they have relieved head coach Ralph Krueger of his duties.
Head coach Ralph Krueger has been relieved of his duties. pic.twitter.com/IymNcxg7B3
— Buffalo Sabres (@BuffaloSabres) March 17, 2021
Don Granato will take over as interim head coach as the Sabres search for a new one. Granato joined the Sabres coaching staff in 2019 only one month after Ralph Krueger was hired as head coach. Granato had spent the previous two seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks.
Assistant coach Steve Smith has also been let go while development coaches Matt Ellis and Dan Girardi have each been promoted to the role of assistant coach.
BREAKING: I’ve learned Don Granato will be the #Sabres interim coach and Steve Smith has also been fired. Development coaches Matt Ellis and Dan Girardi are going to be behind the bench as assistants.
— Mike Harrington (@ByMHarrington) March 17, 2021
Reports are out that Granato will strictly be the interim head coach as the Sabres look to get a deal done with former Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Boudreau has said he is very interested in coaching again and he has the Sabres high on his list of teams he would like to take charge of. He grew up not too far from Buffalo and owns a house in PA where he also owns a junior team. All the dots are connecting and we expect this deal to come together sooner than later.
But for now, rejoice Sabres fans! The hard part is over.
I can confidently say that Bruce Boudreau wants to coach again and that the Sabres would be very high on his list. He’s always looked at the franchise with reverence. He grew up just across the boarder. Just bought a house in Hershey PA and is now the owner of a Junior team there
— Josh Reed (@4JoshReed) March 10, 2021
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