Report: Sabres interviewed Boughner on Tuesday

The former Sabres defenseman has been regarded as a candidate for Buffalo's head coaching vacancy

Brayton Wilson
May 31, 2017 - 11:25 am

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The search for a new head coach continues for the Buffalo Sabres as names have been mentioned, but no candidate had been reported to have talked with general manager Jason Botterill until now.

TSN's Pierre LeBrun tweeted on Wednesday that he was hearing that San Jose Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner interviewed with Botterill on Tuesday.

Boughner has been a name that had been rumored to be of interest for the Sabres. He has spent the past two seasons behind the bench with the Sharks as an assistant coach on Peter DeBoer's staff. Boughner has also spent time in the National Hockey League as an assistant with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2010-11 season.

Boughner has also gained some interest from the Florida Panthers for their head coaching vacancy.

Where Boughner has been successful behind the bench is in the Ontario Hockey League with the Windsor Spitfires. Boughner led Windsor to back-to-back OHL Championships and CHL Memorial Cup Championships in 2009 and 2010. Boughner has had two separate coaching stints with the Spitfires, coaching from 2006 to 2010 and then again from 2011 to 2015.

Boughner also owns the Spitfires after buying the team along with Warren Rychel and Peter Dobrich in 2006.

The Sabres will have to sit and wait for the Stanley Cup Final to come to an end in order to get a chance to talk to candidates like Rick Tocchet and Phil Housley. However, Botterill has indicated on multiple occasions that he would prefer to have a coach in place before the NHL Draft on June 23 from Chicago, Illinois.

Keep it locked to WGR and for the latest on the Sabres' coaching search.

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