Reports: Sabres fire assistant coaches Patrick and Adams
BUFFALO – The Sabres have fired assistant coaches James Patrick and Kevyn Adams, according to multiple reports.
It was believed new Sabres coach Ron Rolston, whose interim tag was removed Tuesday, would make some changes to his staff.
The reports state assistant Teppo Numminen will stay on.
Other than one year playing in Europe, Patrick has been a Sabres player or coach since 1998-99. The 49-year-old former defenseman, a top aid of former coach Lindy Ruff, started coaching in 2006-07.
The stunning regression of alleged franchise defenseman Tyler Myers possibly hurt Patrick.
Meanwhile, Adams, a regular assistant since 2011-12, had a big hand in the Sabres’ 29th-ranked power play. The 38-year-old, the team’s youngest assistant, was promoted from player development coach. Adams grew up in Clarence.
Chadd Cassidy could be promoted from Rochester to fill one of the vacancies. Rolston brought Cassidy with him to the Americans from the Team USA development program.
Cassidy took over the AHL club when the Sabres promoted Rolston on Feb. 20, leading the Amerks to the playoffs.