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Many fans were already hoping that Darcy Regier and Lindy Ruff would not return next season due to the first round loss against the Bruins.

As almost every Sabres fan knows, Ruff is the longest tenured coach in the NHL, beginning his coaching career with Buffalo back in 1997. I don’t understand why so many people want him out of the Sabres’ front office.

The Sabres have made the playoffs seven out of 12 seasons with Ruff behind the bench. They have made it to the Finals once, which ended on a controversial call. I believe Ruff has performed well, especially making mediocre teams look better.

Ruff won the Jack Adams Award in the 2005-2006 season and was again nominated for it after the next season. He was also named assistant coach for Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics where he won a gold medal.

I’ve heard people argue that his playing styles aren’t working with the team, and a change would made the Sabres system better. The Sabres won the Northeast Division this season, finishing with 100 points.

After a season like that, I can’t see why a team would fire their coach. Ruff got his team to the playoffs by finishing third in the Conference, but many people still want him gone. The team lost in the first round, which is only the second time that has happened under Ruff.

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April 29, 2010 2:49 PM ET | Delete
The flames will take him
April 29, 2010 6:36 PM ET | Delete
I am not against keeping Ruff (or Regier), but that has to mean there will be a significant change in the roster or else I do have a problem with keeping them.
April 30, 2010 8:20 PM ET | Delete
Ruff does OK with what he has to work with. Hecht was our best pk guy and it showed when the pk fell apart. Keep Vanek, Pominville and Hecht. Roy, Connolly and Stafford can go. McCormick
April 30, 2010 8:20 PM ET | Delete
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April 30, 2010 8:22 PM ET | Delete
continued..... McCormick
April 30, 2010 8:22 PM ET | Delete
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May 3, 2010 4:25 PM ET | Delete
totally agree, sip...those would be the only three i'd keep from "la core"
May 3, 2010 4:27 PM ET | Delete
for what it's worth...this is what could be built for the same amount or less than the sabres spent on payroll last season:PATRICK SHARP...ennis...vanek..........sharp can play center or lw and may be available because it looks as if the hawks will be over the cap
May 3, 2010 4:30 PM ET | Delete
hecht...MIKE RICHARDS...pomminville..............say what you will about richards off-ice antics, on the ice he's a pro...and he's signed to a very good contract
May 3, 2010 4:30 PM ET | Delete
kennedy...MATT CULLEN...kaleta.............quality center depth, and a ring ta boot.
May 3, 2010 4:32 PM ET | Delete
gerbe...MANNY MALHOTRA...grier..................one of the best face-off men in the league
May 3, 2010 4:32 PM ET | Delete
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May 3, 2010 4:33 PM ET | Delete
myers/VOLCHNKOV or SOURAY...myers would develop even further with either of these two...
May 3, 2010 4:35 PM ET | Delete
monty/buts...grags/weber..................or a vet #6 d-man...yeah, the d takes a beating with everything added up front, but miller would need to pick it up a bit...miller and whomever @ $1m
May 3, 2010 4:35 PM ET | Delete
May 3, 2010 4:36 PM ET | Delete
Yeah Lindy and Darcy are good hockey minds. we lost because we wernt physical enough.... I say we send roy to florida for Horton send stafford and a prospect to too to chicago for sharp and possilbly sign a guy like matt cooke.... I know he can be a dirt bag, but its ok if its your dirt bag lol..... put him with kaleta and maybe kassian or luke adam make the squad and not too many teams will be pushing us around
May 3, 2010 4:37 PM ET | Delete
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