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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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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

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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

Phil Housley will return for the Leafs tonight.

Housley has missed the past 6 weeks with a broken foot. He is expected to pair up with Bryan McCabe on the Leafs' blueline. If you think Toronto will advance deep into the playoffs, Housley may be a late round pick in playoff pools.
Sat, Apr 5, 2003 03:19:00 PM

Phil Housley did not return to action last night, and may not play tomorrow as he does not want to take any chances with his right foot (broken), reports the Toronto Star.

Don't expect any contributions to your fantasy hockey team stats from Housley, until the start of the playoffs.
Fri, Apr 4, 2003 11:16:00 AM

Phil Housley will play tonight against the Wild, reports the Toronto Sun.

He has missed the last 6 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, but is now ready to make his Maple Leaf debut. Activate Housley and hope he gets some time on Toronto's power play tonight.
Thu, Apr 3, 2003 01:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Ryan O'Reilly
2Jack Eichel
3Zemgus Girgensons
4Johan Larsson
LW1Evander Kane
2Tyler Ennis
3Marcus Foligno
4Nicolas Deslauriers
5Alexander Nylander
6C.J. Smith
7Cody McCormick
RW1Kyle Okposo
2Sam Reinhart
3Matt Moulson
4Brian Gionta
5Nicholas Baptiste
6Evan Rodrigues
D1Rasmus Ristolainen
2Zach Bogosian
3Nathan Beaulieu
4Dmitry Kulikov
5Jake McCabe
6Josh Gorges
7Cody Franson
8Justin Falk
9Taylor Fedun
G1Robin Lehner
2Anders Nilsson
3Linus Ullmark