Don Granato makes two new hires to coaching staff

Dan Girardi wasn't able to make the time commitment to continue being on the staff

Buffalo, N.Y. (WGR 550) – Don Granato and the Sabres have announced some changes to the coaching staff in Buffalo.

Dan Girardi is no longer on the staff. Sources have told me he couldn’t make the time commitment required for the job. Girardi will remain with the club in his old development role.

Coming back to the staff are Matt Ellis, goalie coach Mike Bales and video coach Myles Fee. Granato has also hired Jason Christie and Marty Wilford as assistant coaches. Justin White has also been hired as a video coordinator.

Christie was the head coach of the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL. He’s also had stops with the Peoria Rivermen, Ontario Reign and Utah Grizzlies.

In June, Wilford was fired as an assistant by the Anaheim Ducks. It sounds like head coach Dallas Eakins was pressured into making changes. Wilford was hired on the Ducks' staff in 2018. The 44-year-old has also been an assistant in the AHL with the San Diego Gulls and the Norfolk Admirals

Adam Mair is no longer an assistant coach with the Rochester Americans. He's been named the new director of player development that was held by Ellis at the start of last season.

“In Marty and Jason, we’ve added two quality people and coaches to our organization," Granato said in a team statement. "Their experience at multiple levels of pro hockey will be crucial as we implement our vision for this team. We are also excited to bring back Matt Ellis, Mike Bales and Myles Fee, and add Justin White to our group to continue building on the progress of last season. I’m confident in the passion and intensity they will all bring to the rink each day and their ability to get the best out our players and team.”

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