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Report: Reirden 'in the hunt' for Sabres' coaching vacancy

Todd Reirden could be a coaching option in Buffalo after spending the last three years in Washigton

Brayton Wilson
May 15, 2017 - 12:09 pm

Jason Botterill's search for a head coach of the Buffalo Sabres could be officially under way.

The Sabres general manager has said that his search for a head coach will be quite extensive and that he wants the right guy for the job.

"I'm not going to put any limits on what the experience stand point is at," Botterill said at his introductory press conference on Thursday. "I look forward to talking to a lot of people, I think there some great candidates out there. [There are> things that I look at with so many young players in our organization. A developer, an educator will be very important. A communicator. I think in today's game, they have to have that strong communication with the players. Finally, I think they have to have that presence in the locker room. Making sure that the players understand that the head coach is in control."

On Monday, NHL Network's Chuck Gormley tweeted that Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden is on the radar for the Sabres' head coaching vacancy. Gormley also said that the Florida Panthers are interested in Reirden's services as well.

Reirden, 45, has spent the past three seasons with the Capitals serving as an assistant coach on Barry Trotz's staff.

Botterill is very familiar with Reirden, who spent four years prior with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization as an assistant head coach under former Sabres head coach, Dan Bylsma.

Reirden has reportedly been a candidate for two head coaching jobs in the past, and has been highly regarded as a guy who is ready to take on a head coaching role in the National Hockey League.

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