A coaching change and other offseason moves have the Buffalo Sabres optimistic they can take the next step this season and qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2011. That would end the longest active playoff drought in the NHL.
Ralph Krueger replaced Phil Housley as coach May 15 and brings international and NHL experience. He coached Switzerland to an upset of Canada at the 2006 Torino Olympics and helped Team Europe reach the World Cup of Hockey 2016 championship series, which it lost to Team Canada. He also was 19-22-7 as coach of the Edmonton Oilers in 2012-13. Read More