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from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
Ruff saved his most emotional thanks for the fans as he fought tears through a cracking voice.
"Last and most importantly is our fans," said Ruff, who spent 26 of his 53 years as part of the Sabres. "The people who have made this place special for myself and my family.
"It's a place I call home and always will call home. Western New York is where I'm going to live."
Ruff has no immediate plans, though he wants to return to coaching.
"I miss it already," he said.
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Lindy Ruff might not be unemployed for long. Freshly fired after 15 years behind the Buffalo Sabres' bench (replaced by Ron Rolston of the AHL Rochester Americans), Ruff could be entrenched as head coach of another squad shortly -- if he's interested in taking on a new challenge right away. The general consensus amongst NHL coaches and general managers seems to be that the...
I have wanted to comment upon the Buffalo Sabres firing of Lindy Ruff this week but have yet to find the time. Ruff was the longest serving NHL coach. He had been hired in 1997 and has successfully taken the Buffalo Sabres to the Stanley Cup finals. He finally fell for the "what have you done for me lately?" mindset that often sees good coaches get fired. Buffalo...
One of my favorite Lindy Ruff clips, and a childhood memory of mine when he was a player. Ruff attacks Islanders goaltender Billy Smith after being highsticked during Game 6 of the 1980 Semifinals.
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Lindy Ruff dreamed of holding the Stanley Cup in his adopted town of Buffalo. He pictured himself skating around Memorial Auditorium with the chalice over his head. He envisioned himself clutching the Cup on the bench in First Niagara Center.
He held onto the dream for half of his life. Now he has to let it go.
Ruff’s run in Blue...
Lindy Ruff was relieved of coaching duties after 16 years behind the bench in Buffalo. Image Credit: Rick Stewart, Getty Images
For the first time in 16 years, the Buffalo Sabres will have a new head coach. Following the team’s dismal 6-10-1 start to the 2013 season that left them third last in the Eastern Conference and dead last in the Northeastern Division, Ruff was relieved...
Lindy Ruff was relieved of his coaching duties today after the Buffalo Sabres' 6-10-1 start irked the home fans and apparently the ownership of the team. They're sitting at the bottom of the standings right now in the Northeast Division, and it's going to be hard to find a coach to replace Ruff.
As it was mentioned by @CheckTheTicker on Twitter, there have been an amazing...
In the wake of Lindy Ruff being fired, it seems like a good time to talk about one of my pet peeves in the coaching area. Oh, who am I kidding? It has nothing to do with Ruff or McLellan or any head coach. It's all about the "surprising revelation" that Kevin Kurz shared about Antti Niemi and how he brought his Finnish goaltending coach back with him from Finland...
This week’s Water Cooler features QCS writers Ryan Talbot.
What’s your initial reaction to the Sabres firing long time head coach Lindy Ruff?
The Sabres shocked the NHL on Wednesday after firing Lindy Ruff. (Photo: Kevin Hoffman, USA TODAY Sports)
Brandon Hess: Many will argue that this day should have come years ago, but alas Lindy Ruff’s tenure has come to an end. In the...
"The hockey world knows how I and the entire Buffalo Sabres organization feel about Lindy Ruff not only as a coach but also as a person. His long tenure with the Sabres has ended. His qualities have made this decision very difficult. I personally want Lindy to know that he can consider me a friend always."
The Sabres have announced that head coach Lindy Ruff has been fired.
I'm shocked by this news.
So much for Mr. Pegula saying:
"Lindy ain't goin' anywhere"....
Famous last words.
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By now we’ve all heard the news… Lindy Ruff has been fired as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. It has been a LONG time (just about 16 years) since the franchise was in the market for a new coach. Lindy was hired back on July 21, 1997 which got me thinking… what was the world like back then? Let’s take a look back at that fateful day in the summer of 97′
Coaching changes in pro sports are inevitable. These days, coaches are hired to be fired. Its a cold, hard fact in a high risk/high reward profession.
In the end, Lindy Ruff could not find the solutions to the problems that were plaguing the Sabres. He was fired for it. His 15 year body of work is impressive. However, his 2013 coaching record leaves a lot to be desired. The Sabres skate int...
The Toughest Parts
The reaction, as you might expect, has been a cautionary one. Within a half hour of the news, coaches from around the NHL — men who have been Lindy Ruff’s colleague for more than a decade in different capacities — shared with reporters their feelings about Ruff as a person and coach and that they are sure he’ll get another chance somewhere. To a man...
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
... one-third of the way through the season, San Jose continues to be on a downhill slide after elevating expectations by going 7-0-0 out of the chute. Now at 8-5-3, that’s the kind of bad sequence of events that can lead to everything from major trades to coaching changes to dismissals in the front office if things continue to go...
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