Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Lindy Ruff, Sabres Coach Since 1997, Fired

It is not a great year to be a professional coach in Buffalo.

The Bills fired their head coach Chan Gailey just as the new year was getting underway, and now the Sabres, after a 6-10-1 start, have let go of the NHL's longest-tenured coach, Lindy Ruff.

Ruff will no longer have the opportunity to pass San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich for the longest tenured coach in North American pro sports -- Popovich started with the Spurs in 1996, a year earlier than Ruff.  The Sabres, arguably one of the toughest teams in the league with one of the best goalies in the league, have sputtered to a 3-7-0 record in their last 10, and a change was in the cards.

Ryan Miller spoke following their Tuesday night loss to the Winnipeg Jets.

"We’re not giving them the caliber of hockey this city deserves," he said. "Yeah, we deserve to get booed.  From the top down, every player."

There has been no word on who will replace Ruff, but there will be at least an interim coach in place by their Thursday night game against division opponent Toronto.

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