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Buffalo Sabres Add Four Assistants to Coaching Staff

August 4th, 2014 at 5:33 PM
By Richard N. Wade II

The Buffalo Sabres announced on Monday that they have added four assistants to head coach Ted Nolan's coaching staff. Bryan 

Bryan Trottier, Danny Flynn, Tom Coolen and Arturs Irbe have been named as assistants to round out the Sabres coaching staff.

"I'm very happy with the group we've been able to assemble for our coaching staff," said Ted Nolan. "Each one of these coaches brings an extensive and different background from the hockey world."

Trottier brings the most prestige amongst the four coaches that were hired. As a player, Trottier was a key part of the dominant New York Islanders teams of the 1980s, winning four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980-1983. Trottier also played with the Pittsburgh Penguins for three seasons, winning two more Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992. He won his seventh Stanley Cup as a coaching assistant with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001.

Danny Flynn previously served as an assistant under Nolan when Nolan was the head coach of the New York Islanders during the 2006-2007 season. He also served as head coach of the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 2007 to 2013.

Tom Coolen arrives from the Latvian National Team, having served as an assistant under Nolan for the past two seasons (2012-2014) including the Olympic games in Sochi. He also has extensive coaching experience in the elite leagues of Switzerland, Germany, and Finland. 

Arturs Irbe enjoyed a 13-year NHL career as a goaltender, playing in 568 games and earning All-Star nominations in 1994 and 1999. He most recently served as an assistant on Nolan's staff for the Latvian National Team at the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

As the Sabres round out their coaching staff, fans can expect a renewed sense of vigor and urgency. The team was devoid of talent on the ice and behind the bench. Now with the hiring of Trottier, Flynn, Coolen, and Irbe, brings along multiple Stanley Cup winners. Next season will likely be filled with rough spots, but the guys walking behind the bench will instill a winning mentality for the future.

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