Just one day after firing Phil Housley, a tweet from Eric Duhatschek hinted that the Sabres may already have their next coach close to signing.
I'm hearing that Todd McLellan is closing in on an agreement to replace Phil Housley as the next coach of the Buffalo Sabres and that an announcement could come as early as tomorrow.
— Eric Duhatschek (@eduhatschek) April 8, 2019
Todd McLellan has been an NHL head coach for 11 seasons, spending time with both the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers.
His teams made the playoffs in seven of those 11 years, and he was fired by the Oilers after a 9-10-1 start to this past season.
The Sabres hired Housley, who didn’t have any prior experience as a head coach, but McLellan has 806 games under his belt.
In reference to my pal Eric’s report, here’s my understanding of the situation: Todd McLellan is a leading candidate if not THE leading candidate to replace Phil Housley as BUF HC. McLellan has also been in negotiation with LA and the Kings appear to remain in the mix. https://t.co/ZengSbqUR5
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) April 8, 2019
If this is indeed true, what do you think of the move?