Report: Sabres won’t bring back assistant coaches

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The Buffalo Sabres continue to make changes to their coaching staff.

With Phil Housley in place as the new bench boss, the Buffalo News is reporting that the Sabres are not planning to bring back assistants Terry Murray, Bob Woods and Tom Ward, and that former Islanders coach Jack Capuano has been in contact with Housley.

The Sabres have undergone a major shakeup this offseason, with Tim Murray and Dan Bylsma fired, and Jason Botterill hired as the new general manager and Housley as the new head coach.

“It’s going to be very important that we surround Phil with a staff that he feels comfortable and they can rely on each other,” said Botterill, per the Buffalo News. “The head guy has to be the leader of your group, but over the course of 82 games you have to have strong assistant coaches who are empowered. We just have to make sure there’s a good fit.”