Originally written on The Sports Blitz  |  Last updated 11/16/14

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at HSBC Arena on November 6, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
After the Sabres played listless hockey for every non-Bruins game in the last month, fans clamored for head coach Lindy Ruff’s termination. Not only was Ruff’s message to the team and the system he employed growing stale, but the very idea of having a coach for this long grew stale. It was a novelty for a long time in Buffalo to have a coach whose tenure was unmatched by all current pro coaches except Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs.... Read more
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  • To make a long story short, Pegula (current owner) wanted to give Darcy and Lindy a chance with a financially committed ownership group. I has not worked.

    Darcy was moved because no self respecting GM would accept a position in the league with Lindy in place for 15 years. Being a fan of the Sabres for my entire life, a new approach is needed from the GM and coach. Reading the tea leaves, it Chris Drury never came to Bufflao (Darcy was forced to make the trade as is by the President of the team at the time) Ruff would have had even less success as coach.

    I actually feel for a person who is releaved from a paying job, so I do not want to wish this on anyone, but pay for perfomance should be a condition for employement in these positions. It is sad to say but in Bufflao, it was anything but. Look over the draft selections for the Bufflao team the past 15 years compared to other teams if you do not agree.)
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