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Phil Housley | Defenseman

Team: Buffalo Sabres
Age / DOB:  (53) / 3/9/1964
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 188
Drafted: 1982 / Rd. 1 (6) / BUF

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Buffalo has had issues on the power play in the first two games of the season.
The Sabres had the most efficient power play in the league last season, but it is currently 1-for-9 in 2017-18 and they have surrendered three shorthanded goals. The good news is that the penalty kill hasn't allowed a goal on seven chances by the opposition and they have two shorthanded markers of their own. Oct 8 - 3:17 PM

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Chris Hajt will join the Buffalo Sabres as an assistant coach.

Hajt is coming off of three seasons as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate. He helped AHL Manchester win the Calder Cup in 2014-15. Before that he was an assistant coach with the OHL's Guelph Storm from 2008-14. He's also the son of Bill Hajt, who spent his full 854-game NHL career with the Buffalo Sabres.
Jul 17 - 1:27 PM

The Buffalo Sabres have named Ryan Jankowski as their director of amateur scouting.

Jankowski is coming over to the Sabres after spending four seasons with Hockey Canada where he rose to the rank of director of player personnel. He also has three seasons as an amateur scout with the Montreal Canadiens and four years as an assistant general manager with the New York Islanders on his resume.
Jul 9 - 6:01 PM

The Buffalo Sabres will play in 16 back-to-back sets of games in the 2017-18 campaign.

That's better than last season when Buffalo led the league with 19 back-to-back sets. Buffalo will have some of those sets rather early though as they'll be playing games on Oct. 14-15, Oct. 20-21, and Oct. 24-25. Keep that in mind when assessing the Sabres' goaltending situation as you could see the backup get a fair amount of playing time in the early portion of the campaign.
Jun 23 - 4:02 AM

The Sabres have left both Linus Ullmark and Anders Nillson unprotected for Tuesday's expansion draft and have protected newly-acquired defenseman Nathan Beaulieu.

This is not really a surprise as the tream had to protect starter Robin Lehner. Other protected Sabres are: Tyler Ennis (F) Marcus Foligno (F) Zemgus Girgensons (F) Evander Kane (F) Johan Larsson (F) Ryan O'Reilly (F) Kyle Okposo (F) (D) Jake McCabe (D) Rasmus Ristolainen (D). Look for Vegas to take a hard look at defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.
Jun 18 - 10:55 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have hired Phil Housley as their new head coach.

Housley had been serving as the Predators' assistant coach since 2013 and was credited with helping Nashville be one of the league's best defensive teams over that tenure. He's also a former NHL defenseman who played in 1,495 career games, including 608 with the Buffalo Sabres. "Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head coach and to help us achieve our organizational goals," said Sabres GM Jason Botterill. "His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing and we’re excited to see where his leadership will take us in the future."
Jun 15 - 2:02 PM

The Buffalo Sabres would reportedly like to interview Phil Housley for their vacant head coaching position.

The only issue with Buffalo wanting to talk to Housley, is that they'll need to wait until the Nashville assistant is done coaching in the Stanley Cup Final. Housley has been behind the Predators' bench since the 2013-14 season. According to TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie, the Sabres may also interview Penguins assistants Rick Tocchet and Jacques Martin after the Stanley Cup Final.
Jun 10 - 8:13 PM

Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon is believed to be interested in talking to former NHL defensemen Phil Housley for the team's vacant head coaching position.

Housley is an assistant coach for Nashville, so Tallon can't speak to him yet. Florida has interviewed University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery and former Montreal coach Michel Therrien. It's believed that Washington assistant Todd Reirden is also on the Panthers' radar.
May 15 - 10:34 AM

Phil Housley was officially inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday.

Housley scored 338 goals and 1232 points in 1495 games. He spent time with the Buffalo Sabres, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues, Washington Capitals, Chicago Blackhawks and Toronto Maple Leafs. To watch Phil Housley's Hall of Fame speech, click on the link below.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 09:21:00 PM

Phil Housley will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.

He was announced as part of the Class of 2015 on Monday along with Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Chris Pronger, Angela Ruggiero, Peter Karmanos and Bill Hay. Housley compiled 1,232 points in 1,495 games in 21 NHL seasons to place him fourth among defensemen in all-time scoring.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 05:06:00 PM

The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that Phil Housley is at the top of GM's Ray Shero's list to become the new coach of the New Jersey Devils.

Housley is an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators at this time. The former star defenseman had 1,232 points in 1,495 NHL games during his career. Stay tuned.
Sat, May 30, 2015 08:02:00 AM

Phil Housley has officially retired.

After 21 seasons in the NHL and no interest from the 30 teams, Housley has decided to call it a career. He finishes with 338 goals and 1,232 points in 1,495 NHL games. Housley is ranked fourth in all-time goals and fifth in assists by a defenceman, while also holding the honour as the highest scoring American born player of all-time. He played for 8 different clubs and had a solid career. We wish him all the best.
Sat, Jan 17, 2004 09:15:00 AM

Phil Housley would love the chance to play for the Wild, reports the Pioneer Press.

He is a Minnesota native, and would relish the idea of finishing his career in his home state. Housley, 39, earned $2.5 million last season, and the Wild would certainly entertain thoughts of signing him should he be willing to accept $1-1.5 million for the upcoming season.
Wed, Jul 2, 2003 01:18:00 PM

Phil Housley will likely be a free agent on July 1st, reports the Toronto Star.

He was a non-factor in the playoffs, and the Maple Leafs have little interest in bringing the 39-year-old rearguard back for next season.
Wed, Apr 23, 2003 09:23:00 PM

Phil Housley played one shift last night, and then didn't see the ice again, reports the Toronto Sun.

His poor defensive zone coverage in the first two games of this series has led to his benching.
Tue, Apr 15, 2003 12:44:00 PM

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C1Jack Eichel
2Ryan O'Reilly
3Johan Larsson
4Jacob Josefson
5Evan Rodrigues
LW1Evander Kane
2Zemgus Girgensons
3Benoit Pouliot
4Matt Moulson
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Jason Pominville
4Justin Bailey
5Seth Griffith
6Jordan Nolan
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Nathan Beaulieu
4Jake McCabe
5Marco Scandella
6Josh Gorges
7Victor Antipin
8Taylor Fedun
9Matt Tennyson
G1Robin Lehner
2Chad Johnson