After the Sabres fired Phil Housley on April 7, he wasn’t sure if he wanted to coach again.
Housley’s dismissal after two losing seasons hit him hard. The Sabres, a team he starred for in the 1980s, and Buffalo are close to his heart.
The Hall of Fame defenseman desperately wanted to lead the Sabres back to glory.
“It’s funny, because you sort of think of what you could’ve done differently,” Housley said Sunday inside KeyBank Center, where the Arizona Coyotes prepared for tonight’s game against the Sabres, his first visit back. “You don’t know if you’re going to be back in the game, and I didn’t really know if I wanted to get back, because of what happened.”
These days, Housley, 55, seems happy in his gig as an assistant coach, a role he previously enjoyed for four seasons with the Nashville Predators.
Housley warmly greeted some familiar faces when he spotted them outside Arizona’s dressing room Sunday. He smiled and was upbeat during his six-minute chat.