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Buffalo Sabres Seek New Coach for ECHL Affiliate Elmira Jackals

June 7th, 2014 at 12:00 PM
By Paul Lane Sabres 101

The Buffalo Sabres now have some degree of coaching uncertainty at all levels after Dwight Mullins left the ECHL Elmira Jackals in favor of the Evansville IceMen.

'Ted Nolan' photo (c) 2009, Keith & Alyssa - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Mullins has done 64-65-15 with the Jackals, who formed an alliance with the Sabres this offseason to be their AA-level affiliate. Joe Battista, the Sabres' vice president of hockey-related businesses, told the Elmira Star Gazette that the Sabres are helping in the process and have several candidates already in mind.

The Jackals will have final say on the hire.

Their opening adds to pending situations with the coaching staffs in Buffalo and Rochester. Ted Nolan still has to name his entire roster of assistants after firing them all after last season. Among the candidates being considered are Randy Cunneyworth, Michael Peca, Mike Ramsay, John Tortorella and Arturs Irbe.

And the Amerks may cut ties with Chadd Cassidy, who's guided Rochester to two straight playoff appearances but was a hire of former General Manager Darcy Regier. GM Tim Murray would not say last month whether a change will be made, but would not confirm Cassidy's job is secure, either.

Getting all of these positions in place is vital as the organization looks to rebuild, Battista said:

"You've got to have a good minor league system. You have to have guys who are ready to play and singing off the same sheet of music."

Elmira missed the ECHL playoffs last season.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Elmira Jackals, Hockey, NHL, Rochester

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