It appears as though the Buffalo Sabres are trimming down their options for their vacant head coaching position.
As for Tippett, he has coached a total of 1,114 games with the Dallas Stars and Arizona Coyotes organization. After putting up a 271-156-28-37 record with the Dallas Stars and appearances in five consecutive playoffs, Tippett joined the Coyotes and led them to a 282-257-83 record and three playoff appearances in eight seasons. Tippett and the Coyotes agreed to mutually part ways in the June of 2017, and has since been serving as a senior advisor for the Seattle NHL expansion franchise.
It has been more than a month since the Sabres had relieved Phil Housley of his duties as head coach. Since then, it has been speculated that the team has interviewed a number of candidates for its vacant position. Todd McLellan was one of the first reported interviews for the Sabres, but ended up taking the head coaching opening with the Los Angeles Kings. Swedish National Team head coach Rikard Grönborg was also thought to have been a possible candidate for the opening, however he ended up taking a head coaching job in Switzerland with the ZSC Lions.
Botterill is currently over in Slovakia, serving as a general manager of Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship. It is unclear if a hire will be made during the tournament, which ends on Sunday, May 26. Canada opened the tournament on Friday with a 3-1 loss to Finland.
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