Found February 23, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
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 was off to a 6-11 record with one regulation tie point.  This was not the result that I was predicting.  During the lockout, I picked him as a likely Jack Adams Trophy winner should there be a season this year.  This wasn't really an endorsement of Ruff as the best coach in the league but rather as a good coach who looked likely to see his team improve.  Incorrectly, I thought Ryan Miller would bounce back into shape this season.  Strong goaltending would turn the team around.  That hasn't happened.  In fact Buffalo has the most goals against in the league right now (but its close enough that with ga...

Lindy Ruff Wants To Return To Coaching

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...

Video: Lindy Ruff Press Conference

Courtesy of WKBW-TV in Buffalo, here is video of Lindy Ruff's farewell press conference today:  

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Frustration Finally Setting In For Sabres

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Sabres On Boos: It’s Their Right

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Losing Continues In Buffalo

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News, The Sabres’ slide into oblivion continued with a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders. The disgruntled crowd in First Niagara Center saw the Sabres lose for the fourth game in a row and ninth time in 12 outings. Only 1,000 or so in the sellout crowd of 19,070 stuck around until the end, and based on the noise they did so only to jeer. ...

Different Voice, Same Results

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Too Many ‘Accidents’ In The NHL

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News, Had a very interesting conversation with Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier Thursday night and no, it wasn’t about his team’s coaching situation. It began with me asking whether players’ skates are too sharp these days and went off on a tangent about equipment and safety. Clearly, Regier has given this subject a lot of thought and he doesn’t...

2/23/13 - NHL Weekly Recap - Lindy Ruff fired, Matt Duchene offside goal, Blackhawks remain undefeated in regulation

This past week of hockey featured a man not named Lindy Ruff behind the Buffalo Sabres bench, the Blackhawks staying undefeated in regulation this season, Cam Ward trying his best to recreate Rob Davison's 197 foot goal on Vesa Toskala, and perhaps one of the biggest blown calls in NHL history on Matt Duchene's crazy offside goal.-----------------------------------------...

What’s Next In San Jose?

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...i hate to say it, but Torts sounded like a man with no answers. Which is the most concerning. ...he needs to figure out why this team isn't scoring on the power play and why they're not standing up for each other and figure it out now. ...for those of you thinking that Torts needs to be fired, ain't happening. It's only 17 games into the season and he just...
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