Bob Boughner reportedly interviewed with the Sabres. ©2017, Hickling Images, Olean Times Herald

Report: Panthers set to hire former Sabre Bob Boughner

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.

New Sabres general manager Jason Botterill, of course, was hired away from the Penguins a month ago. Housley played the first eight seasons of his Hall of Fame career as a defenseman with the Sabres.

The Sabres fired GM Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma on April 20.

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