McCutcheon out: Adams, Foligno in?

There will be a new pair of feet behind the Sabres’ bench for the 2011-12 season.

Brian McCutcheon has been relieved of his duties, after enjoying 11 seasons standing aside Lindy Ruff.  He enjoyed some ups and downs in his tenure, which included work on the power play – work that he was relieved from in 2009 in favor of James Patrick.

The Sabres have yet to comment.

McCutcheon’s dry stats:

Former head coach of the Amerks

  • 128-82-9 over 3 seasons
  • Took the Amerks to 2 Calder Cups (lost both)
  • Amerks’ franchise record for most points (111) and wins (52) in a season

Former head coach of the Columbus Chill (ECHL)

  • 44-21-5 over one season (lost in round 2)
  • ECHL coach of the year
  • Chill’s franchise record for most points and wins in a season

See the pattern there? He brings his teams into greatness, only to be tragically foiled in the playoffs. Sounds like a perfect match for Buffalo, given the Sabres’ history – and maybe it is for this reason that Buffalo will be looking for new inspiration.

McCutcheon’s possible replacements include Kevyn Adams and Mike Foligno.

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Help lead us to glory, Kevyn.

Sabres fans might remember Adams as the assistant captain of the Carolina Hurricanes team that eliminated the Sabres in the Eastern Conference Final in 2006.  At the expense of Buffalo, Adams would go on to lead his team to the Stanley Cup – but now, to Buffalo’s benefit, he may take that winning experience and put it right behind the Sabres’ bench.  Adams has been with Buffalo for the past two seasons as a player development coach.  The players already know him, which would make for an easy transition.

Fans have plenty of warm memories of Mike Foligno, who suited up for the Blue and Gold as a player from the 1981-82 to the 1990-91 seasons.  Foligno was named as an assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks in 2010.  He was the head coach of the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL from 2003-2009, where he was able to coach his son and Sabres prospect, Marcus.

While one of these two will likely claim the job left behind by McCutcheon, the other may very well land in Portland/Rochester.  The head coach of the Sabres’ AHL affiliate, Kevin Dineen, has departed for a head coaching job in Florida.

Both Kris Baker of SabresProspects.com and Joe Pinzone of BuffaloWins.com have agreed that Foligno should wind up with the AHL gig.  In fact, Pinzone is convinced that Adams will be up with the Sabres and that Foligno has already been tabbed as the new head coach for the farm team.

By the way: here’s a big ol’ tip-o-the-sunglasses to Pinzone, who first broke the news that McCutcheon would be released.

Stay tuned!

Go Sabres.

 

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