Martin has been in Pittsburgh since 2013 as an assistant and knows Jason Botterill and Randy Sexton very well. Dreger was on WGR Sports Radio 550 and told The Instigators, “This isn’t a news flash because it’s been speculated, but I’m told that Jacques Martin is a top candidate in Buffalo. There’s been speculation of Todd Richards, although I got the sense that [Richards> is of interest and is certainly a candidate, but things weren’t heating up there. Maybe that’s changed in the last 24 hours, I don’t know, but yesterday I was told that Jacques is considered a top candidate. We’ll see.”
Martin will be 67-years-old before the season starts. He has coached 1,294 games and has a career points percentage of .551. Martin’s record in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is 50-61, which is .450.
Over half of those 1,284 games were in Ottawa with other head coaching stops in Florida, Montreal and St. Louis.
Many of you thought Phil Housley didn’t show enough emotion. Housley is John Tortorella compared to Jacques Martin.
If Botterill thinks the Sabres need a 67-year-old coach with an average record to relate to their young players, I would predict he's in for a rude awakening.