Phil Housley could draw interest from Buffalo Sabres

Lindy Ruff, fired as coach of the Buffalo Sabres last week, and Phil Housley played together in Buffalo for eight seasons. Both were extremely popular there. It wouldn’t be surprising if Housley, the former South St. Paul High School star who this winter coached the U.S. junior national men’s hockey team to a gold medal in the world championships in Russia, gets interest from the Sabres, if not to succeed Ruff, then as an assistant next season.

Housley, 48, is the Stillwater boys hockey coach. With Housley as a U.S. junior national team assistant in 2007, the team won a bronze medal in the world tournament in Buffalo. Housley is a member of the Sabres’ Hall of Fame.