Ranking the Best Candidates for the Buffalo Sabres’ Head Coaching Job

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The Buffalo Sabres had a vision for the 2014-15 season, and they achieved it by finishing dead last in the NHL. They are guaranteed to draft either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel, and either player will help transform the franchise.

The vision for 2015-16 is going to be different than 2014-15, because 2015-16 will not include Ted Nolan. It is a decision that isn’t fair, but one that had to be expected. The next head coach of the Sabres isn’t going to be a spring chicken, and you can expect it to be someone who has a high profile.

While there are former NHL coaches like Guy Boucher, Claude Noel and Paul MacLean currently without an NHL job, they may not have the full complement of skills the Sabres seek.

Owner Terry Pegula has pockets as deep as the Mariana Trench, and it is fair to say that he will wait until the big-name coaches are fired before making a decision on coaching candidates. The Sabres are bound to make a splash, and here’s a look at the best possible candidates, including those who could become available.

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