Found February 20, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
PLAYERS: Lindy Ruff
TEAMS: Buffalo Sabres
Buffalo isn’t a city known for feeling a lot of heat in February, but don’t tell that to Lindy Ruff and his 27th place hockey team. I’ve spent much of my hockey time, over the past 16 years actually, defending Ruff as the right man to coach this team.  But with each passing season of failure, each half-hearted effort on the ice, the hope tank has slowly been leaking.  For many, it’s now empty.  One by one, some of Ruff’s most ardent supporters - fans, writers, talk show hosts, older folks who grew up watching him give his heart as a player, are raising the white flag.  I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard sentences beginning with “I think Ruff is a good coach, but…” No matter how much people like and respect Ruff, and how highly they think of his abilities, everyone has a breaking point. I confess that I’ve finally reached mine. Continue reading "Confessions Of A Former Ruff Apologist"

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...

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...

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...

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...

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."

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...

Sabres Continue to Leave Points on the Table

The Buffalo Sabres fell 4-3 to Pittsburgh yesterday afternoon in what was yet another failed attempt for Lindy Ruff’s club to win back to back home games for the first time this season.  The loss was especially disconcerting because Steve Ott’s third period tally had completed a comeback from a 2-0 deficit and had actually given Buffalo a 3-2 lead in the final frame. Hodgson’s...

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...

Days of Y'Orr Pregame Show -- Tampa Bay Lightning 2/12

  It's been three looooong days but the Days of Y'Orr Pregame Show LIVE returns to the Internet. The show starts at 6:00pm. At around 5:45pm we'll update this page with a live stream player below.     How to Watch: Blog: Come back to this page at 5:45pm G+: YouTube:

Bruins Looking for Successful Florida Swing After Dropping Two Games Last Year (Video)

After seven Bruins missed practice on Tuesday with flu-like symptoms, the team was back at it on Wednesday. Practicing down in Tampa in advance of the team’s Thursday game against the Lightning, the B’s know they have a tough test in front of them after dropping both games on their Florida swing last year. Although the Panthers are struggling right now, the Lightning are boasting...
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