Tuesday’s Pittsburgh Coverage

Game at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena kicks off Penguins preseason slate (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Penguins to open preseason against Sabres at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Pittsburgh Penguins to play preseason opener at Penn State’s Pegula Ice Arena (Harrisburg Patriot News)
Penguins, Sabres to play at Pegula Ice Arena (Centre Daily Times)
Penguins To Play Preseason Games At Penn State & Rostraver Ice Garden (KDKA-AM)
Pens/Sabres to Play Preseason Opener on Sept. 19 at Penn State University (PittsburghPenguins.com)

Beaulieu saw the coming of the transaction

‘The fact that the Sabers leadership immediately added his name to the list suggests that Phil Housley, newly appointed to the helm of the team, has plans for him.’

Canadiens trade Nathan Beaulieu to Buffalo for third-round draft pick

‘Montreal decided to deal Beaulieu because they didn’t want to expose him to the Vegas Golden Knights in the upcoming expansion draft. The idea was to get something in return, although the third-round draft pick reflects Beaulieu’s falling value.’

Beaulieu to Buffalo

‘”Nathan has a lot of potential,” recalled the CEO. But a player must take responsibility. I can not point the finger at Claude Julien, Jean-Jacques Daigneault, Martin Lapointe or Rob Ramage for his development. He must ask himself questions as to where he is. Is it a matter of mind? Why can he play six good games and then have trouble for 12 games?’

Nathan Beaulieu on the Sabers

‘Beaulieu had no contract for the next season, and was going to become a restricted free agent. The Canadian was also likely to lose him in the draft of the expansion for the benefit of the new Las Vegas team, and General Manager Marc Bergevin obviously tried to get something in return. The Sabers offer suggests that the value of the young defender is clearly down in the National League.’

Trade buzz amuses Evander Kane, who is focused on hockey and scoring goals

‘“Do I worry about the rumours? No. The funny part about rumours is that if you don’t know something is going on, then nobody else does,” said the 6-foot-2, 211-pound Kane. “I have an agent (Don Meehan) who is knowledgable and tapped in. He gives me updates when I need updates. I’d like to think I’m well informed when I need to be.”’

Nathan Beaulieu traded to Sabres

‘Beaulieu completed his fifth season with the Canadiens in 2016-17.’

Sabres legend Phil Housley paid many dues to become Buffalo’s coach

‘“I don’t think it’s really sunk in,” said Housley said with Karin nearby in the front row. “I know my wife and I and my family are very excited to come back to Buffalo and be a part of this community. But I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I don’t think people realize how pumped I am about coming back to Buffalo, being a part of this organization and trying to do something special here.”’

Sabres hire Predators’ Phil Housley as head coach

‘Predators defensemen combined for 181 points this season, tied for the NHL lead with the San Jose Sharks, and 53 points in 22 playoff games. The Predators finished first or second in goals from defensemen in each of Housley’s four seasons.’

St. Paul’s Phil Housley named coach of the Buffalo Sabres

‘Nashville hired him as an assistant to Barry Trotz, and Housley was the only member of the staff to survive the transition to Peter Laviolette in 2014.’

South St. Paul’s Phil Housley hired as head coach of Buffalo Sabres

‘It caps a rapid rise up the coaching ranks for Housley, who was coaching at Stillwater High School a mere four years ago while also working closely with USA Hockey.’

Buffalo Sabres bring back Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley as coach

‘Housley was inducted into both the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and Hockey Hall of Fame, capping a 1,495-game career as a defenseman. His time as an assistant coach in Nashville peaked in 2016-17, when he and the Predators staff oversaw a run to the Stanley Cup Final against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins.’

Penguins could lose valuable Rick Tocchet

‘Word out of Buffalo is Tocchet and Nashville assistant Phil Housley are the top candidates for the job, the NHL’s only vacant head coaching position. Some say Housley is the favorite because he was the Sabres’ No. 1 draft choice in 1982, played eight seasons for them and is in their Hall of Fame, as well as the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hiring him would please the Buffalo fans. But others around the team say Tocchet is the favorite because he has NHL head coaching experience with Tampa Bay (2008-10) and has ties to new Sabres general manager Jason Botterill, a top-notch hockey man who was Jim Rutherford’s top assistant with the Penguins before taking the Buffalo job in May. Former Penguins assistant Todd Reirden, now with Washington, also is believed to have been interviewed and has a relationship with Botterill. A hiring could come this week.’

Jim Rutherford invites Sabres GM Jason Botterill to Stanley Cup celebration

‘“It’s a finality to the whole situation,” Botterill said on the ice afterward. “Been busy in Buffalo the last few weeks. Trying to get things taken care of there. I was always watching the games, though. I’m excited about my future now in Buffalo, but this is a great way to finish things off here.”’

In Buffalo, it’s still not a goal

‘Buffalo defenceman Jay McKee, who won an Allan Cup with the Dundas Real McCoys 15 years later, said to me after the game: “I don’t know if the guys will ever be able to put this behind us.”‘