unfortunately, i don't think it matters who is the coach. the only way, i think anton doesn't get bought out (or moved) is if lou continues with his "i like a logjam defense" roster strategy.
that being said, there is certainly a scenario where both are here next year:
zidlicky and fayne are both UFA. the other 7 are not.
I don't think buying out volch would be a Lou thing to do. And the more I think about it the more I think zidlicky might be back next year (unfortunately IMO).
I don't know and its not even relevant who the GM was at the time. They fleeced the Islanders and Moulsen and Miller will provide alot of quality picks to build from. Murray is an excellent talent evaluator. I would say in two years the Sabres will be very competitive.
no doubt it was a great trade, especially if the islanders fall on their face again next year and they get a top 10 pick, but a lot of that roster will have to be rehauled before they can be any sort of a cup contender.