According to a report from NHL insider Darren Dreger, Buffalo Sabres interim-head coach Don Granato is the favorite to land a full-time head coaching job with the team, pending GM Kevyn Adams' final decision.
Dreger reports that "Granato is a primary candidate for the head coaching job", but that Adams hasn't considered interviewing an experienced head coach like John Tortorella, Gerard Gallant or Mike Babccock. Dreger reports that Adams has interviewed both Granato and "some college coaches to experience the full process."
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Call me crazy, but shouldn't Adams be interviewing some coaches with actual NHL experience? The Sabres have gone down the road of hiring a rookie coach again and again only to see it blow up in their face every time. The fact of the matter is that this is a team in serious need of some structure and accountability and I'm not sure a rookie coach will command the kind of change needed. I'm also not saying that a stereotypical 'hard ass' coach like Torotorella or Babcock is the answer either, but if I'm Adams I would love to hear some insight on the team from those two minds. If nothing else Adams should gain some valuable insight into his team's problems by hearing an experienced coach break things down. Thoughts, Sabres fans?
Source: Darren Dreger · Photo Credit: Zuma Press