Feb 19, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff on the bench during the game against the Winnipeg Jets at the First Niagara Center. Jets beat the Sabres 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Poll: How Would You Define Lindy Ruff’s Legacy With the Buffalo Sabres?


As we here at Sabre Noise have already discussed, it would appear that former Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff is this close to being named the new head coach of the Dallas Stars.

Ruff spent 15 years with the Sabres organization, and he seems like a great guy who really loves Western New York, so for that I wish him good luck in Dallas, if he does wind up with the gig.

Having said that, being a great guy does not a good coach make, and when Ruff was fired halfway through this past season, many fans actually wondered, “What took so long?”  There exists, among certain fans, the perception that Ruff was a coach who was good at working with veteran players, but who actually held back the development of many of the younger players who passed through the Sabres’ system.   Additionally, some felt his defensive schemes were overly-complicated, and that he relied too much on All-Star goalies such as Dominic Hasek and Ryan Milller to win games.

Of course, not everyone feels that way about Ruff.  Many fans will counter the above arguments by saying that Ruff won despite ever being handed a roster that was truly Stanley Cup material.  These fans blame GM Darcy Regier (among others) for keeping Ruff from achieving the success he deserved by botching trades and letting players such as Danny Briere and Chris Drury walk away from the organization.

It’s time to vote, and I’m not letting you sit on the fence: you have two options for how you would best define Ruff’s legacy while with the Buffalo Sabres.  Have at, and feel free to get the party started by leaving comments below!

How do you summarize Lindy Ruff's coaching career in Buffalo?

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  • Kevin

    He was a good Coach despite…. But I really think it was a combination of his scheme, DR’s ineptness and so many years of poor ownership. Instability had to weigh heavy on LR. Just about all teams that lack big talent rely on a defensive scheme and solid goaltending to compete. Aka Nashville

  • Craig C.

    I wonder how Derek Roy feels right about now.

    • http://SabreNoise.com/ Richard Spalding

      Ha ha ha!

  • davidmuscalo

    It’s really very simple, coaches don’t win games or championships; the players do these things. Just about any coach can win the Stanley Cup if he has the right mix of players.

    I was one of the Sabres fans who thought Ruff should step down as Head Coach. In my opinion, he has been burned out for at least the past five season. I wish all the best in Dallas, but I don’t think he get better result there unless there is a vast improvement in personnel.