Panthers’ head coach Boughner remembers Buffalo fondly

Panthers’ head coach Boughner remembers Buffalo fondly

Florida head coach Bob Boughner was a player that Ted Nolan loved. The former Sabre head coach went into John Muckler’s office and convinced him to bring the tough defenseman to Buffalo. That was in 1996 and as it turned out, it was Florida that traded him here. Boughner played two and a half seasons in Buffalo accumulating 177 games. In 1998, he was claimed in the expansion draft by Nashville. Boughner appreciated what Nolan did for him, “He stuck his foot out for me and brought me in here and he gave me that first chance which I’ll always be thankful for.”

When Boughner arrived, he had never played in the NHL, but he had put in five years in the minors. The defenseman was back here in November as a head coach and Boughner enjoyed it, “It’s always great coming back here. There are a lot of special memories for me, you know still going by where the Aud used to be and coming into here, I mean somebody asked me what the name of the rink was and I keep saying ‘The Marine Midland,’ but I loved it, I loved playing here.” Read More

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