With the recent firing of Dan Bylsma at the hands of the Sabres ownership (and Jack Eichel) the Sabres should consider Paul MacLean for either a head or assistance coaching position within the organization.
Formerly the assistant coach of the Ducks Paul MacLean and the organization have mutually parted ways at the conclusion of his contract.The Ducks announced MacLean’s departure after two seasons Thursday.
MacLean was hired as an assistant to Bruce Boudreau in 2015, and stayed with Anaheim after Boudreau was fired and replaced by Randy Carlyle in 2016. The Ducks won the Pacific Division title in both of MacLean’s seasons. Anaheim reached the Western Conference finals this year, losing to Nashville in six games.
Before his second career stint as an assistant coach in Anaheim, MacLean was the head coach of the Ottawa Senators for parts of four seasons from 2011-14. The longtime NHL forward was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 2012.
Considering who the Sabres have been interviewing for the position, such as Bob Boughner and other assistance coaches on successful teams. According to the Buffalo News, the Sabres are interested in speaking with Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet, as well as Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley.
Both Tocchet and Housley are obviously busy at the moment and the Sabres will have to wait until after the Cup is awarded to seek permission to interview both individuals.