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Report: Trottier to join Sabres’ coaching staff

Jul 29, 2014, 4:26 PM EDT

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The first new addition to Ted Nolan’s coaching staff is a noteworthy one.

On Tuesday, a report from the Buffalo News claimed Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier reached an agreement to serve as Nolan’s assistant for the upcoming campaign. The coaching hire is the first mid-April, when the Sabres canned all of Nolan’s staff from last season: assistants Jerry Forton, Joe Sacco and Teppo Numminen, along with goalie guru Jim Corsi.

Trottier, 58, has extensive coaching experience. He broke in as an assistant with Pittsburgh immediately following his decorated playing career in 1993-94, and worked four seasons under Eddie Johnston. From there, he spent one year as the bench boss in AHL Portland before a four-year stint with Bob Hartley in Colorado (winning a Stanley Cup in 2001).

Following his Avalanche tenure, Trottier slogged through an ill-fated season as the Rangers’ head coach, where he was dismissed midway through the year after recording just 21 wins in his first 54 games.

  1. lowenni - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I don’t know how good of a coach he is, but he’ll certainly have plenty of insight and respect on a young Sabres team. I’m sure he’ll be able to provide a lot of great advice to the players there , young and old. Maybe he’ll fare better as an assistant than he did as the Rags head coach. Either way, I think Ted Nolan will make him look good. Hell of a coach he is.

  2. djshnooks - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    It’s about time.

    Rather have Kevin Dineen though.

    Funny he was good enough to join Chicago’s staff, but not Buffalo’s?

    Hope Teddy Nolan knows what he’s doing.

    • ralphwilsonisrich - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:17 AM

      Time to go outside the organization. The guy has won the cup.

  3. ronniethec - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Hey. At the end if the day the bottom line is…. It’s Buffalo. Nice town except when it comes to championships.

    • ralphwilsonisrich - Jul 30, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      It is a nice town, I agree we need a competitive hockey team again.

  4. djshnooks - Jul 29, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    Yup, and that will change soon enough.

    Keep doubting the Sabres and the talent they have stockpiled…it makes you look foolish and uninformed.

  5. flyerguy73 - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Any coach they get will not help them bunch of losers. Bottom of the barrel this year, and many years to come. Gotta love it.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:43 PM

      I thought you knew enough to stay in your underground bunker. Evidently you’re not that smart.

      If I could bet you, I’d make this bet – that the Sabres will win the SC before the Flyers do. That would certainly shut you up and make me some money at the same time.

  6. blomfeld - Jul 29, 2014 at 7:52 PM


  7. zinger99 - Jul 29, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    So,the Sabres have stockpiled talent which guarantees success?

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 29, 2014 at 11:44 PM

      Can you win without talent?

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        Does pop music and reality TV count? 😀

  8. schoman57 - Jul 29, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    This “idiot” has 6 cups as a player and 1 as a coach. Looks like you’re the idiot !

    • blomfeld - Jul 31, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Rattus Norvegicus …

      One of the largest muroids, it is a brown or grey rodent with a body up to 25 cm (10 in) long, and a similar tail length; the male weighs on average 350 g (12 oz) and the female 250 g (9 oz). Thought to have originated in northern China, this rodent has now spread to all continents except Antarctica, and is the dominant rat in Europe and much of North America, making it by at least this particular definition the most successful mammal on the planet after humans. With rare exceptions, the brown rat lives wherever humans live, particularly in urban areas and on sports internet sites.

  9. Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    If you don’t like Trottier… just stop watching hockey. He’s one of the all time greats. I like what Buffalo’s doing. The guy must be a fountain of hockey knowledge. Young guys can learn a lot.

    • bullwinkle88 - Jul 30, 2014 at 7:44 AM

      However there is a dividing line between greatness and coaching. e.g. Einstein was a great scientist, but he was a terrible teacher.

      Knowing how to convey what you know to others is an art. Let’s hope Trottier can do it.

      • Hard to BeLeaf - Jul 30, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        I agree, but in sports the only time that happens is when they just blindly give a guy the job without any experience other than playing. Like Gretzky coaching the Yotes, or Snow GMing the Isles. They had no experience before getting those jobs and it shows.

        But when guys take the time to learn first like Patrick Roy coaching or Yzerman GMing, they do a lot better. Trottier has some coaching experience now and he’s working his way up the right way. I think he’ll do fine.

    • ironpeddler255 - Jul 30, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      I’m not sure it has anything to do with a coach’s past that will make a young player listen, most of these kids won’t know of him if they’re not a student of the game. I think the bigger issue is that this new generation of players aren’t as coachable as in year past….just as they aren’t easily taught in school.

      I coach a good many sports (even though my kids are in their late 20s) and I’ve found that over the last 5-6 years that kids aren’t as eager to learn as they were 20-25 years ago. There is always a few exceptions, but for the most part the job is getting tougher in getting through to these kids.

  10. bennydabeata - Jul 30, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    I’m still hoping the Michelin Man will be goalie coach

  11. flyerguy73 - Jul 30, 2014 at 2:14 PM

    Bull winkle you are as much of an idiot as all the buffalo fans! I know the sabres have come close to winning the cup as many times as they have been to the playoffs. Ohhh wait a minute, they DONT even get to the playoffs. So your bet is a lock. Please do not be stupid on here. Now go tell your mommy to get you a bottle, and go to sleep.

  12. thekindone4 - Jul 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

    Flyer fan is stupid! I’ll take the Sabres over the Flyers to have a better record and success in the NHL over the next 10 years!!! This would be such easy money!!! With the top prospect pool in hockey, along with 3 first round picks in 2015 and at least 2 2nds(can’t remember if they have more,they have their own plus NYI) they continue to add top talent! Plus the Sabres who have a owner who will spend when he time is right And GM Tim Murray will have tons of talent to acquire players to take them over the top!!

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