Sabres GM Kevyn Adams to coach team due to coronavirus protocols

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Sabres' GM forced to step in as coach due to COVID protocols originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

As if the Buffalo Sabres' week (nay, season) hasn’t been rough enough already, it seems to have just gotten worse.

According to a Thursday press release by the team, the Sabres’ interim head and assistant coaches are unavailable for Thursday's game vs. Pittsburgh due to COVID-19 protocols. As a result, general manager Kevyn Adams will step in behind the bench.

Yes, the GM of the team has been forced to coach.

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Don Granato was granted interim head coaching duties last week following the firing of former HC Ralph Krueger. Interim assistant coach Matt Ellis will join Granato in individual self-isolation and will also be unavailable for Thursday’s contest due to exposure to COVID.

Buffalo currently has a league-worst record of 6-21-4, mustering just 16 points across 31 games. The Sabres are on the bottom of the East Division—the very same division in which the Washington Capitals are competing for first.

They've gone winless in their 15 games, which ties the Phoenix Coyotes’ skid in 2004 for the longest such streak in league history.