The Buffalo Sabres hired Don Granato on Tuesday, going with a first-year head coach who has already shown promise in trying to turn around of the worst teams in the NHL.
Granato had been the interim head coach after replacing Ralph Krueger behind the bench at midseason. After losing 22 of the first 28 games under Krueger, the Sabres won nine of their final 28 with Granato at the help and rallied to win three times when trailing after two periods.
The 53-year-old Granato was also an assistant with Buffalo, Chicago and St. Louis.
Granato is the sixth coach since Lindy Ruff was fired a month into the lockout-shortened 2013 season. He takes over a team . . .