The Buffalo Sabres have hired Phil Housley as their new head coach.
Housley had been serving as the Predators' assistant coach since 2013 and was credited with helping Nashville be one of the league's best defensive teams over that tenure. He's also a former NHL defenseman who played in 1,495 career games, including 608 with the Buffalo Sabres. "Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head coach and to help us achieve our organizational goals," said Sabres GM Jason Botterill. "His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing and we’re excited to see where his leadership will take us in the future."