By John Vogl
Sabres coach Ted Nolan has been a man without helpers since getting rid of the staff he inherited. He and General Manager Tim Murray are in the process of finding new assistant coaches.
"We compared names, guys that have called him, guys that have called me," Murray said today. "He’s talked to a lot of potential assistants in the last couple of weeks. He’ll talk to them. He’ll tell me what he thinks of them, then we have to come to a decision together on who the right guys are. It’s in the process."
One of the released assistants, Joe Sacco, has accepted his reassignment to pro scout with the Sabres.
"He’s been in the building the last, I would say, four days getting to understand our scouting program," Murray said. "He’s been on the computer, reading reports. I’ve given him our free agent list for July 1 even though he didn’t scout last year. I think as an assistant coach and a head coach the last few years, he has some insight on some players on that list. He’s excited and ready to go."
Murray said the Amerks coaching staff of Chadd Cassidy and assistants Chris Taylor and John Wroblewski will remain for next season.
Randy Cunneyworth, who was working as a development liaison between the Sabres and Amerks, has been "offered a job" and Murray is waiting for his answer.