SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kevin Dineen has been both excited and proud to see some of his former AHL players enjoying success in the NHL. For tonight at least, he wants that to stop.
Dineen will be facing six players he coached in Portland over the past three years when his Florida Panthers take on the Buffalo Sabres at the BankAtlantic Center.
"It's great," said Dineen, who's in his first season as Panthers coach. "I really enjoyed watching players that I had and (see the) progress they've had in their career. It's been great to follow their success and their rise to the NHL. Obviously, they have really contributed to the Sabres' early success."
The six Dineen-coached players who will suit up for Buffalo on Thursday night are left wings Luke Adam, Tyler Ennis and Matt Ellis, center Nathan Gerbe, defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani and backup goalie Jhonas Enroth.