Report: Hall of Famer Bryan Trottier to join Sabres coaching staff

Bryan Trottier will reportedly join the Sabres coaching staff. (USATSI)
Bryan Trottier will reportedly join the Sabres coaching staff. (Getty Images)

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The Buffalo Sabres will be adding a Hall of Famer to their coaching staff according to Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News. Per the report, Bryan Trottier has reached an agreement with the Buffalo Sabres to be one of Ted Nolan’s assistant coaches.

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The sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Nolan had Trottier high on his list from the beginning. The two forged a relationship when Nolan coached the New York Islanders and hold one another in high regard. Trottier had been out of coaching but apparently was willing to come back for Nolan.

Trottier last was behind an NHL bench as the head coach of the New York Rangers. He was replaced 54 games into that season. Previously, he had been an assistant coach for the Pitsburgh Penguins for parts of four seasons and served in that same capacity with the Colorado Avalanche from 1998-2002.

The Sabres were in need of assistant coaches after the team either let go or reassigned Nolan’s staff, which was inherited from previous coach Ron Rolston’s staff.

Though Buffalo may be years away from real competitiveness, adding a coach like Trottier, who has experience behind an NHL bench and a record of success matched by few in the game’s history as a player could bring some needed optimism.

Trottier put up 1,425 points over 1,279 NHL games between the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins. In his illustrious career, Trottier won the Calder, Hart, Art Ross, King Clancy and Conn Smythe Trophies once each. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1997.

Most importantly, he won six Stanley Cups as a player, four straight with the legendary Islanders squads of the early 1980s and back-to-back titles with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. He also helped the Avalanche to the 2001 Stanley Cup as an assistant coach.

It’s not often that an assistant coaching hire would make news, but when it’s one of the greats of the game, it’s obviously worth noting.

The big questions that will face Trottier is how he can handle a rebuilding team and what kind of advice he’ll be able to offer players in today’s NHL. He hasn’t coached in the league in more than a decade and it’s quite a bit different today than it was even then.

Still, to be able to add a coach with a long history of success both as a player and a coach might help the moribund franchise get some of that winning mentality back. 

CBS Sports Writer

Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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