Found February 20, 2013 on Around The Rink:
Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller feels the fans’ frustrations. Image Credit: Getty Images The Buffalo Sabres came into the 2013 season with playoff expectations. But if the first third of the season is any indication, they’re not even going to come close to meeting their postseason goal. Through the first seventeen games, the Sabres have won only six contests and are firmly holding onto last place in the Northeastern Division. Suffice it to say, the Sabres fans have let their feelings be heard at home games, consistently booing the team. Buffalo netminder Ryan Miller, after the Sabres’ most recent loss (a 2-1 defeat at the hands of the visiting Winnipeg Jets), couldn’t find any reason for the fans to react otherwise. Via Puck Daddy, Miller had this to say: “We’re letting them down. We’re not giving them the caliber of hockey this city deserves. Yeah, we deserve to get booed.” To some degree, Miller’s right. The Sabres have made the playoff two out of the last three years, and were in the Eastern Conference Championship as recently as 2007; all teams Miller has  been a part of. The kind of failure Buffalo hockey fans are seeing right now is pretty foreign to them. Still, there’s time to right the ship. Buffalo still has 31 games to play; plenty of time to make up lost ground and pull itself out of the league’s fourth-worst record. But until that happens, Ryan Miller and the rest of the Sabres can expect to keeping hearing a lot of boos.

Lindy Ruff will be back to work soon

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...

Classic Video (1980) - Lindy Ruff vs. Billy Smith

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.  

Buffalo Sabres fire head coach Lindy Ruff

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...

After 26 Years, Lindy Ruff Is Done With The Buffalo Organization

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...

Sabres Lose A Stinker

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News, This one is memorable because it was so utterly forgettable. “It was a terrible game by us,” defenseman Robyn Regehr said. “What we were missing was the effort from everyone, and I think the fans recognized that. They were voicing their displeasure.” The Sabres propped themselves up following Sunday’s one-goal loss to Pittsburgh...

Statement From Sabres Owner Terry Pegula

"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."

Lindy Ruff fired by Buffalo; Looking back at what was popular when he was hired

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...

What difference does a coach make?

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...

QCS Buffalo Water Cooler: Sabres Fire Ruff

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...

There was a before Lindy Ruff…?

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′ (Photo courtesy...

Did you hear the joke/hot take about...

Faceoffs... OR To boo or not to boo.... OR.. Vanek's ice time... OR Miller swearing... OR Puck possession forwards... OR Some ******* in Colorado we should trade for that I've never heard of... OR Grigomania sitting in the press box.... OR Elite defenseman vs. elite goalie... OR How the Sabres are the biggest...

Farewell Old Friend

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...
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