Off the Record (OTR)

Sabres hire Rolston to replace Ruff

LindyRuffFirst of all, it’s completely shocking that the Buffalo Sabres decided to bounce head coach Lindy Ruff. In all of the four major sports in North America, Ruff was the second-longest tenured head coach. Only San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been with his team longer.

But, after a 6-10-1 start to the season, the Sabres decided to part ways with Ruff (as though after all these years he suddenly became a bum of a coach). In his place, they have promoted Ron Rolston, who had been serving as the bench coach for Buffalo’s Rochester AHL affiliate.

“I think the last game was quite honestly a tipping point. And it was evident to me that we were searching for answers to too many questions,” Sabres’ General Manager Darcy Regier said. “I think we were making some strides, but in the end, for every two steps forward, it was one step back, and sometimes not that.”

Ruff’s departure ends his 16-year run with the team, where he was the longest-tenured coach with any NHL club.

“I’m disappointed for myself. I’m disappointed for Lindy. And when I see the players, I’m disappointed for them, too.” Regier said. “We should all be disappointed. As far as anger, we have too much work to do.”

We have no affiliation with the Buffalo Sabres, but we’re kind of sad at his departure too.

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