Yost: Buffalo is "a desirable market" with "foundational talent"

May 10, 2019 - 4:52 pm

The Buffalo Sabres remain without a head coach in place as we finish up our first full week of May.

For the latest insight on the topic, TSN's Travis Yost joined Schopp and the Bulldog for a discussion on the state of the team.  This was also in wake of this morning's report that Buffalo has seemingly narrowed their search down to Dave Tippett and Jacques Martin, while also neglecting to interview Todd Richards along the way.

Here is some of what Yost had to say.


Yost on "re-tread" coaching in the NHL:

"It's mind-boggling how the same people... the same re-tread coaches keep getting tapped for interviews.  That's why it is so hard to crack into the NHL in any sense."


Yost on Jacques Martin:

"If it seems like Martin is from another era, it's because he did coach in another era.  It's hard to put him and [Dave] Tippett in the same bucket.  Tippett's calling card is getting the most out of low talent."


Yost on the sense of urgency Buffalo needs to have:

"The Sabres need to hire a coach now.  What if [Minnesota Wild head coach] Bruce Boudreau gets fired in six months?  Go through any name they could hire right now, and tell me you would hire them over Bruce Boudreau.  Timing is everything."


Yost on market appearance:

"I think Buffalo is a desirable market.  They have foundational talent, an ownership group ready to spend and they've shown they're competitive in spots."


Yost on rivaling markets with coaching vacancies:

"Edmonton has the best player in the world, yet there's this haze around the organization.  There's a haze around Ottawa, too.  I don't think there's a haze for the Sabres."


Yost on what the game-plan should be:

"It's not just about building a contender for right now.  It's about building a framework so that players will want to stay there long-term."


You can hear Yost's entire conversation below.

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