With the possible switch from being affiliated with Portland to Rochester, there is one member of the coaching staff that won't have to worry about switching places is head coach Kevin Dineen. According to reports, Dineen is set to become the new head coach of the Florida Panthers after the Panthers released Pete DeBoer in April. Dineen has been coaching the Portland Pirates since 2005 and has been apart of the Sabres organization since 2008 when the Sabres officially affiliated with the Pirates.
Since Dineen has been an AHL coach, he has won AHL Coach of the Year honors once, fostered three consecutive Rookie of the Year winners for the Buffalo Sabres, made the playoffs five of the six years he was coaching the Pirates, and finished his AHL career with a 266-155-59 record in the regular season and 29-29 record in the playoffs. The one lone mark missing on Dineen's coaching is a Calder Trophy.
Besides having a great AHL coaching resume, Dineen had a fantastic NHL playing career as well. Kevin played in 1,188 NHL games for four different teams during a 19 year career. He had 355 goals and 705 points. Again, one of the few things missing from Dineen's trophy case is a Stanley Cup.
This isn't the first time an NHL team considered Dineen for a head coaching job. He was one of the finalists for the Columbus Blue Jacket job last year and was also considered for the Edmonton Oilers job a few years ago. If Dineen has as much NHL success as he has had AHL success, the Florida Panthers should be set for a long time.
Where exactly does that leave the Sabres and the Pirates? That really all depends on what happens with Portland and Rochester affiliation. The Sabres would most likely keep the Amerks coaching staff if they purchased the team which would mean that Chuck Weber would coach the prospects. If the Sabres stayed in Portland for next season, assistant head coach Eric Weinrich would be the next in line if he stayed in Portland.