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Report: Joe Sacco to join Sabres coaching staff (Update: It’s official)

Jul 2, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

Joe Sacco AP

Former Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco isn’t going to be out of work very long.

According to John Vogl of The Buffalo News, Sacco is set to join Sabres head coach Ron Rolston on his staff as an assistant. Rolston has been looking for experienced help on his bench since former assistants Kevyn Adams and James Patrick were let go.

Both Rolston and Sacco have history together as they were assistants under Scott Gordon for Team USA during the 2010 World Championships. Sacco coached Team USA to the bronze medal at this year’s Championships.

Sacco was fired as head coach of the Avalanche following yet another disappointing season this year. He’ll join Teppo Numminen on Rolston’s coaching staff. Numminen was the only holdover from Lindy Ruff’s tenure in Buffalo.

Update (3:08 p.m. ET): Sabres make it official Sacco is on board. Press conference to come at 4:30 ET today.

  1. jernster21 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:02 PM


  2. mrhyperpants - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Haha! Gutted!

    Hahahahahahah oh my god so funny.

  3. ecnc30 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    Next head coach for the Sabres after Rolston falls flat on his face!

  4. billsin20xx - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    No, I’m hoping he fails because when he does I think Pegula will finally figure it out that it’s Regier who has to go.
    Then hopefully he will hire Dudley as GM, and duds will put a whole next staff in place.

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      I’d rather see Schoenfeld as GM rather than Dudley and he must be getting tired of waiting for Slats to die in MSG.

  5. ecnc30 - Jul 2, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Pegula is a fan, not an owner and ….any one of my cats is smarter than he is. Probably if and when the Sabres finish dead last 2 years In a row he might wake up but I doubt it.
    I thought Ted Black had some brains, but obviously not or perhaps he is being muzzled.

  6. redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 2, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    I know we have Teppo whom I have a great deal of respect for but if Darcy knew that Phil Housley was available when the Preds got him then he is an even bigger wishy washy, bonehead than even the talking head buffoons in the Buffalo media have given him credit to be.
    Sacco has done nothing remarkable in his career, Housley on the other hand is a guy who can teach young excellent talent how to play and has quite an impressive resume’ both as a player and a coach with USA development staff.

  7. mp1131211 - Jul 2, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Good luck with that one, Buffalo. You’re going to need it.

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