In a recent interview with NHL.com, Lindy Ruff was asked a series of questions. The questions began by entertaining his comfort level in Buffalo following 14 years of coaching. Ruff replied, claiming that he did not feel comfortable at all because of one main reason: ownership.
“I think the thing that has kept it from getting too comfortable is the fact that we’ve had, over this span, ownership changes every two or three years.
“It started off with the Knox group, then we went to the Rigas family and then we had the League for a year. Then we had Tom Golisano and Larry Quinn and now we’ve got Terry Pegula. That has kept it from turning to the too comfortable.”
I think this is a politically correct answer to say the least. Yes the constantly changing ownership over the past 15 years would be quite taxing and scary for the coach and even the GM. But I believe he must feel somewhat comfortable in his position because of the GM. Darcy Regier has stated in the past that as long as he is GM, Lindy will remain as coach and he still believes that to this day. And when the new owner says in his first press conference that the GM and coach are going no where, then how worried can you be for your job. Now given the recent disappointment over the past two seasons, I believe the seat has heated up a little bit, but Ruff just signed a multi-year extension in 2011. I wouldn’t expect Ruff to be gone anytime soon, but if the Sabres fail again this year(or next), then I would expect Pegula and Black to look at making some sort of a mix-up, most likely Darcy.