Today, the Buffalo Sabres media and fans got to hear directly from Lindy Ruff on his removal from coaching duties.
It was an emotional press conference – you could tell that Lindy Ruff was dissappointed to be walking away from an organization that he had called home for almost 30 years.
He would not comment on the team, the direction, the players, the system. He thanked the years of ownership groups that he had worked for. He recounted how each time he was asked to stay, even when he felt it was time to go.
He thanked the players, some of which directly by name – some stars, some not.
He mentioned that his biggest dissapointment in all of this was that he did not get it done – he was unable to go the distance.
There was a typical air of Lindy in the press conference – inside references to his involvement with the media, butting heads with some of them – the look around the room drew laughter in a tense situation.
One of the driving questions he answered was if he will stay on board with the team in an advisory role. While he mentioned that he would remain in Western New York to live – he was right now trying to clear his head. I don’t think Lindy will remain with the organization. Coaching was brought up, and he was quick to mention that he wanted to coach again. I have no doubt that his resume is already on the desk of no less than three teams that might be looking for a change in bench boss. I do not think that Lindy Ruff will be returning to the Buffalo Sabres in any capacity.
Lindy will remain in Western New York. If you run into him at Tim Horton‘s, give him a second to roll up his rim (another round of laughter) then shake his hand thanking him. He mentioned the Thank You Lindy sign on the fence, he wishes he could add his own thanking the fans for their support throughout the years.
Good luck Lindy, thank you for your time and service to this organization and community.