Sabres hire Mike Bales, Don Granato to coaching staff


Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Tomas Vokoun, right, of the Czech Republic, talks with Mike Bales, the team's new goalie coach, during NHL hockey training camp on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013 in Pittsburgh. (Keith Srakocic / AP)

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Newly hired Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger has begun filling out his staff by hiring Don Granato and Mike Bales, who will take over as the goalie coach.

Krueger also retained Steve Smith, who was an assistant under former Sabres coach Phil Housley, who was fired in April. The team announced the additions Friday, some four weeks after Krueger was hired.

Bales has six seasons of NHL coaching experience, including the past two with the Carolina Hurricanes. He was previously with the Penguins, where Bales was credited with scouting and developing current Pittsburgh starting goalie Matt Murray.

Granato joins the Sabres after spending the past two seasons as an assistant with the Chicago Blackhawks. He was previously the associate head coach at the University of Wisconsin and also spent seven seasons as head coach of the St. Louis Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate.

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