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04:08 PM ET 02.20 | The Buffalo Sabres announced on Wednesday afternoon that the team has fired long-time head coach Lindy Ruff. The announcement was made by general manager Darcy Regier and came as a surprise to most, as Ruff was previously the longest tenured head coach in the NHL. Ruff was originally hired by the Sabres prior to the 1997-98 season and led the team to the Eastern Conference Final. The next year, he followed up the performance with an Eastern Conference championship and took the team within two games of a Stanley Cup. As of this time, the Sabres have yet to announce a successor. However, Regier is expected to meet with the media around 5 p.m., ET.

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Lindy Ruff, Lindy Ruff,
February 20, 2013  04:13 PM ET

Holy Cow. About time.

Have to rank right up there with the Philly Eagles in terms of patience.

February 20, 2013  04:22 PM ET

now regier has to follow him

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February 20, 2013  04:23 PM ET

Can Lavi be next? Stay tuned for post game tonight

February 20, 2013  04:34 PM ET

Thats Ruff !

February 20, 2013  04:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Can Lavi be next? Stay tuned for post game tonight

Its funny you say that. I walked into work the day they hired Lavi down here and the Flyers faithful wanted my arse on a platter when I said he will bring you to the Cup. He is a great coach; problem is he has nothing which the brain surgeon Home boy gave him.

Sad, the place is a zoo. Might be the best thing for Lavi though; you got Claude and that's it.

February 20, 2013  04:38 PM ET

Shake the whole thing up. Own up to it and clean house.

February 20, 2013  04:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Shake the whole thing up. Own up to it and clean house.

sometimes that is the only way to move back up.

February 20, 2013  05:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Its funny you say that. I walked into work the day they hired Lavi down here and the Flyers faithful wanted my arse on a platter when I said he will bring you to the Cup. He is a great coach; problem is he has nothing which the brain surgeon Home boy gave him. Sad, the place is a zoo. Might be the best thing for Lavi though; you got Claude and that's it.

Homer is definitely the problem. He can't seem to see that the game has changed. You need speed and finesse today.

February 20, 2013  05:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Thats Ruff !

Ruh-Roh!

February 20, 2013  05:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Its funny you say that. I walked into work the day they hired Lavi down here and the Flyers faithful wanted my arse on a platter when I said he will bring you to the Cup. He is a great coach; problem is he has nothing which the brain surgeon Home boy gave him. Sad, the place is a zoo. Might be the best thing for Lavi though; you got Claude and that's it.

They slaughtered the Isles and they'll slaughter the Pens tonight so Lavi's job will be safe for a little while longer.

About time for Ruff though.

February 20, 2013  05:35 PM ET

Its about time...

He got plenty of mileage out of that Cup loss.

February 20, 2013  05:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I guess they think 6 wins in 17 games is not good enough...good riddance i say..he's a big baby just like Miller.

GM saved his behind w/ the updates on the roster. Coach always falls first. We know how that goes down here.

February 20, 2013  05:47 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

They slaughtered the Isles and they'll slaughter the Pens tonight so Lavi's job will be safe for a little while longer.About time for Ruff though.

Can't see that happening.... unless the Pens mail it in

February 20, 2013  06:03 PM ET

It was way passed, the time for a change credo.

February 20, 2013  06:08 PM ET

Sabres fans must be celebrating.

Ahh I remember when Tom Renney was fired. Those were the days.

February 20, 2013  06:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

GM saved his behind w/ the updates on the roster. Coach always falls first. We know how that goes down here.

Ville Leino? You cant be serious?
Lost Drury Briere, personnel decisions havent been the best.

Time to go but.....

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February 20, 2013  09:13 PM ET

It's been a while coming. No surprise. Coaches, with very few exceptions are hired to be fired. Lindy was probably around 5 years longer than necessary.

 
February 20, 2013  10:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

I have a feeling the reason he lasted so long is that, despite how desirable a NHL coaching job is, Buffalo is probably the very last city in the league anybody wants to live.

considering your statements, it seems odd that you would declare Buffalo as less desirable than Ottawa.

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