Familiar face in a familiar place

‘Dineen met with Regier early last week in Syracuse, N.Y. — halfway between Buffalo and Dineen’s summer home in the Adirondack mountains –for more than five hours. Regier said Dineen was the only candidate for the Portland job after Cunneyworth departed. After the meeting, Regier decided to hire Dineen.’

Sabres retain Dineen as AHL Portland coach

‘Sabres general manager Darcy Regier cites Dineen’s coaching record in his three previous seasons with the Pirates, his ability to develop talent and familiarity with the Maine-based team in the announcement Tuesday. The AHL’s 2006 coach of the year, Dineen has a 135-76-13 record with Portland.’

Pirates introduce Dineen as coach

‘"It’s been an exciting couple of weeks," Dineen said. "It took a lot of patience to hold out and let things play out in the proper way."’

Dineen named Pirates Head Coach

‘Pirates Managing Owner/CEO Brian Petrovek said, “This selection of Kevin Dineen as head coach expresses the Sabres’ commitment to putting together an exciting, winning team. Our fans have seen Kevin’s intensity and competitiveness, and also, his achievements over the past three seasons, and can expect more of the same moving forward. We’re just thrilled to welcome him back.”’

Dineen to coach in Portland

‘There also were indications Monday that former defenseman Eric Weinrich, who spent 17 seasons in the NHL, would be hired as an assistant under Dineen.’

Dineen will stay to coach Pirates

‘"I’ll be there (at the press conference)," Dineen said Monday night. "I’m excited about this opportunity."’

Sabres sign pair of free agents

‘Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed a pair of unrestricted free agent forwards: RW Colton Fretter and LW Colin Murphy.’

Dineen To Remain Coach of Pirates

‘…the Pirates’ new parent team, the Buffalo Sabres, has offered the position to Dineen, and he’s accepted. He will be formally introduced at a news conference in Portland tomorrow.’

Sabres hope patient approach yields more dividends

‘Year after year, the Sabres bring up young players for a few games, then return them for more seasoning. Right wing Mark Mancari, left wing Marc-Andre Gragnani and defensemen Mike Weber and Mike Funk are among the prospects who have gotten a taste of the NHL. Clarke MacArthur (56 games) and Patrick Kaleta (47 games) no longer have NHL rookie status, but are other examples of players the Sabres have brought along slowly and who more than likely will wear the Buffalo uniform this season.’