Monday, August 4, 2008

The Coaching Carousel of the Pirates is Over

With the hiring of Kevin Dineen. After Randy Cunneyworth left the Rochester Americans and the Sabres organization for an assistant coaching position with the Atlanta Thrashers.

Dineen is staying in Portland after leaving the Anaheim Ducks organization after they moved their affiliation to Iowa. Dineen played in the NHL for 18 seasons with five teams; Hartford, Carolina, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Columbus. Playing in a total of 1188 games, he recorded 355 goals and 405 assists. Dineen then went into coaching and has been with the Pirates for the last two seasons. He won AHL Coach of the Year in 2006. He is also the son of Bill Dineen who coached the Philadelphia Flyers for two years and also won the AHL Coach of the Year honors in 1985 and 1986.

The Sabres also announced today that they signed a pair of free agents to bolster the roster in Portland. Colton Fretter who played in Bridgeport and Chicago had 15 points in 26 games in the AHL. Colin Murphy played with the Toronto Marlies and had 38 points and 152 PIM in 68 games last year.

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