Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 11/20/14

BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 3: Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Washington Capitals at HSBC Arena on March 3, 2010 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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 games underway that ...
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