The Sabers interviewed Rikard Gronborg for the opening of the HC
The Buffalo Sabers are looking for their next head coach, attracting candidates from all over the hockey world. Including, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Rikard Gronborg of the Zurich Lions. Gronborg has already been interviewed for the job, according to Dreger.
This isn’t the first time Gronborg’s name has been linked with an NHL coaching search, but so far the 52-year-old has remained abroad. A staff member of the Swedish national team for over a decade, Gronborg has almost countless international medals, including Olympic silver as an assistant in 2014. He won gold at the World Championships as an assistant. as head coach in 2017 and 2018 and has led the powerful Zurich side for the past three seasons.
In NHL history, there have only been two head coaches born and trained in Europe, which means Gronborg would break new ground if he lands the job at Buffalo. It would certainly be an out of the box movement for a desperate organization of answers, but it wouldn’t come completely blind. Remember, Sabers franchise defender Rasmus Dahlin has known Gronborg very well since his time on Sweden’s national schedule, including time spent together at the 2018 Olympics.
Still, with so much pressure on Buffalo to turn things around, going with a rookie head coach might not be the best idea. The team haven’t been able to find any sort of stability or consistency over the past few years, changing coach and manager as quickly as they are player. Gronborg is just one of many candidates considered for the post, including interim head coach Don Granato.