Ruff End for Sabres Head Coach

Yesterday afternoon, the Buffalo Sabres ended one of the longest standing eras in all of pro sports by dismissing head coach, Lindy Ruff, after 15 years as the Sabres bench boss. Originally drafted by Buffalo in the 1979 NHL draft, Ruff played through the 80’s, eventually finding his way into coaching with the expansion Florida Panthers before becoming the 15th head coach in Sabres history. Coaching the Sabres for over 15 years, Ruff’s tenure was brought to an end due to the rough start the team was going through, posting a 6-10-1 record to open the 2013 season. Though once unthinkable, the truth was that over the span of Ruff’s career as Buffalo’s coach, 170 other NHL coaches have passed through the ranks of the NHL. Lindy’s endurance and ability remain a relevant coach in the league has been impressive, and while his closest brush with the Stanley Cup was in 1999 when Ruff, Hasek and the Sabres lost to the Dallas Stars on Brett Hull’s infamous “foot in the crease” game winning goal, he still finishes with an incredible record of 571-432-162. Buffalo has turned to Ron Rolston in the interim while the search for a true successor to one of the best coach’s in team history. One final question that will be on many a hockey mind is where will Ruff go next? Fresh off his dismissal, he’s not likely switching ships to another team just yet, but you have to know that with a handful of teams struggling out there, Ruff becomes the best available candidate out there.