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Lindy Ruff Reactions

It was interesting to walk out of my meeting today, knowing something had gone on, but just not sure knowing what.  Sitting talking business – unable to check my phone, feeling it vibrate in my pocket, incessantly, over and over – phone calls, text messages, google chat, emails.  The stream of information into my phone was non-stop for 15-30 minutes it lasted.

The Lindy Ruff era is over in Buffalo, and the Sabres move on for the first time.  How long have the Buffalo Sabres been mired in the Lindy Ruff era – not all of which was bad hockey.  Put it into perspective, First Niagara Center – the home of the Buffalo Sabres, has been around for only one year longer than Lindy Ruff.

What is in store for the Buffalo Sabres?  There are lots of questions – namely, who will take over on the interim, who will take over long term, and more importantly – Does Darcy Regier continue as the General Manager?

I have some time to dwell on the situation because of my drive home from the office, as I was able to dwell on the text messages, voicemails and emails that had blown up my phone.  The first message I received was a text from a friend.

Wow bye-bye Lindy, I don’t agree.

Don’t agree?  How much longer did you want the madness to continue?  Lindy coached the team for almost 50% of their existence.  Put it into minor perspective, now the tables are tilted because of who we are talking about there, but it’s an example.  The Montreal Canadiens won 18 Stanley Cups from 1940-1979.  How many coaches do you think they went through – 5 in total, and some left in the years after their Stanley Cup win.



The unemployment line won’t be long for Lindy Ruff. He will find a job in the NHL, he will have to bide his time and wait for an opening, but I have no doubt that before the next season begins, he will have a job.

Lindy wasn’t a bad coach, he had fire, passion, and a love for the game. I don’t think Lindy Ruff was relieved of his duties for not being able to coach. He had been with this organization for so long, that despite the fact that he endured poor ownership teams, the players just stopped listening.


I feel that he will get plenty of cheer and messages through his son.

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Good Luck and God’s Speed – as much as many fans are happy to see change – you will be missed.

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