Buffalo Sabres: Who Will Their Next Head Coach Be?

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The Buffalo Sabres and general manager Tim Murray have begun the team’s first head coaching search since Lindy Ruff was hired before the 1997-98 season. 

The circumstances surrounding this search are a bit different than the one that occurred in the summer of 1997. 

The biggest difference is where the team stands.

Ruff inherited a team that had won the Northeast Division the prior season and lost in the second round to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Philadelphia Flyers. Ted Nolan also won the Jack Adams Trophy, honoring the league’s best head coach, in 1996-97.

A spat with the front office, however, led to Nolan not being offered another contract and the Sabres landing Ruff.

This time, the Sabres are fresh off of their second-straight 30th-place finish. Nolan was officially fired this time around and Murray is conducting his first-ever NHL head coaching search. The new head coach isn’t necessarily walking into a playoff-ready roster like Ruff did, but there’s a ton of promise.

Who will that promise lure behind the bench?

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