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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 of his duties. Ron Rolston, head coach of the Rochester Americans (Buffalo’s AHL affiliate) has been named interim head coach for the rest of the year.
Ruff leaves the Sabres as the winningest head coach in franchise history. He posted a 571-432-162 record in his time as Buffalo’s bench boss, with one trip to the Stanley Cup Finals (1998-99), one President’s Trophy (2006-07) and two division titles (2006-07, 2009-10). He also won the Jack Adams Award in 2006, which is the NHL’s highest coaching award. He was the longest tenured coach in the NHL before his firing; that title now belongs to Barry Trotz, who has coached the Nashville Predators since their inception in 1997. Trotz was hired a mere two weeks after Ruff.
Rolston is relatively new to the pro hockey coaching circuit, but that kind of fresh blood may just be what the Sabres need to turn things around. Rolston’s only pro hockey coaching experience has come in the last two years, both spent behind the bench coaching the Rochester Americans. His first year Rochester finished last in the North Division, but enjoyed a massive improvement during Rolston’s second year, when they finished second in the division and made the playoffs.
Before that, Rolston spent eight years coaching junior hockey players in the United States National Team Developmental Program (2004-11). The rest of his experiences has come at the college level. He coached Boston College for two years (2002-04), Harvard for three years (1999-2002), Clarkson for three years (1996-97) and Lake Superior State for three years (1991-92, and 1993-95).
It’s been sixteen years since the Sabres were coached by anyone besides Lindy Ruff. When Buffalo takes on the Toronto Maple Leafs tomorrow, it truly will be the dawning of a new era for Buffalo hockey.
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
More to come
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."
Lindy Ruff has decided to park Mikhail Grigorenko for tonight's game.
I don't know. Grigo hasn't played since the 4-2 Sabres win over the Bruins on Friday night.
I can understand the rationale of sitting the 18 year old against the Penguins due to his relative inexperience against two of the top centres in the NHL in Crosby and Malkin. However, I'm shaking...
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...
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