Scratch one coaching candidate off the list for the Buffalo Sabres.
The Florida Panthers are close to hiring San Jose Sharks assistant coach and former Sabres defenseman Bob Boughner, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. That would leave the Sabres, who reportedly interviewed Boughner, as the only NHL team without a head coach.
The Sabres want to interview Nashville Predators assistant coach Phil Housley and Pittsburgh Penguins assistants Rick Tocchet and Jacques Martin following the Stanley Cup final, according to McKenzie. The Penguins lead the best-of-seven series three games to two over the Predators.
The Sabres fired GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on April 20.