Kevin Dineen, coach of the Portland Pirates, and assistant coach Eric Weinrich both had their contracts renewed by the parent Buffalo Sabres today.

Dineen, 46, is entering his sixth season as coach of the Pirates. He is the longest tenured head coach in franchise history and is the franchise leader in games coached (400), wins (219) and winning percentage (.610).

“I am very excited to be back as part of the Buffalo Sabres organization,” Dineen said. “My family and I are thrilled to return to Portland for a sixth season.”

Weinrich, 43, played at the University of Maine before an 18-year NHL career. The upcoming season will be his third as an assistant under Dineen. He also started the 2006-07 season as an assistant on Dineen’s coaching staff but chose to step back onto the ice and resume his playing career.

“I’ve been associated with Kevin in one way or another for the past four seasons and I look forward to working with him again and learning all I can from his experience and leadership of the team,” said Weinrich.

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