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!