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Coach Teppo?

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Coach Grier. Coach Drury. Coach… Nolan?

NO. (Sorry, Teddy, we still love you).

Since the dismissal of Brian McCutcheon from the Assistant Coach ranks of the Buffalo Sabres, there’s been a lot of chatter about his replacement. Chalk me up for “Team Teppo.” Before we get down to the nitty gritty though, first, let us take a skate down memory lane.

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From this...

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...to this... (Hey! Isn't that "Blue Steel?")

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...to this?

The Sabres, of course, already enjoy picking the brain of the defensively minded James Patrick behind the bench, but there is no denying the “calming effect” Teppo had on the defensive troops when he wore Blue and Gold. He is also one of the best (and one of the most cerebral) defensive dynamos to ever come out of Finland.

Oh, and the Sabres just picked up Joel Armia in the first round – one of the better offensive phenoms to come out of Finland since Teemu Selanne (according to Armia’s coach in Assat). If the Sabres want to garner Armia’s full potential, it sure would help to have a fellow Finn around, and one who has already been through national stardom in Finland and North America.

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And as more than one female associate of mine has pointed out, A Numminen-Patrick tandem would be one of the more pulchritudinous in the NHL. (Look it up kids, that's a SAT word.)

Be it for Rochester, or for Buffalo, Darcy Regier must have Teppo at the top of his list of coaching interviews.

Your move, Darcy.

Go Sabres.

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