Head coach Don Granato behind the Buffalo Sabres bench
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BREAKING: Buffalo Sabres Officially Make A Coaching Change

Published December 30, 2023 at 6:57 PM

In breaking news, the Buffalo Sabres were put in an awkward situation on Saturday, replacing Don Granato behind the bench.

Buffalo Sabres Forced To Make A Coaching Change On Saturday

The Buffalo Sabres have had to make a sudden coaching change.

In an official announcement on Saturday, it was revealed that head coach Don Granato won't be on the bench for the game against the Columbus Blue Jackets due to illness. No specifics about the illness have been disclosed.

The Sabres released the following statement:

Due to an illness, head coach Don Granato will be unable to coach in today's game against Columbus. Rochester Americans head coach Seth Appert will assume Granato's responsibilities behind the bench today.

Interestingly, the Sabres opted not to have one of their regular coaches step in for Granato. Instead, Seth Appert, the head coach of the Sabres AHL affiliate team, the Rochester Americans, will temporarily fill Granato's role. This decision suggests the organization's confidence in Appert's coaching abilities.

Buffalo Sabres GM followed up with an update on Don Granato's future and makes a statement regarding the frustration of the fans.

#Sabres GM Kevyn Adams updated the status of head coach Don Granato, said he likely will not make the trip to Ottawa for the NYE game vs. the Senators, but could be back for the next game in Montreal.

Granato is currently in his third full season as head coach, having taken over with 28 games remaining in the 2020-21 campaign.

The Sabres have not secured a playoff berth under Granato's leadership. In the 2022-23 season, the team finished with a record of 42-33-7, amassing 91 points, just one point short of the second wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.

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BREAKING: Buffalo Sabres Officially Make A Coaching Change

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