No NHL head coach has been with his current team as long as Lindy Ruff, who became the Sabres' coach in July 1997. Although he has one of the keenest hockey minds in the game, the rope has frayed considerably in recent years. After appearances in the Eastern Conference finals in 2006 and 2007, the Sabres have failed to get out of the first round and, in fact, have missed the playoffs in three of the past five seasons. Last season was especially disappointing, as the Sabres, under new ownership, opened the vault to bring in players such as Robyn Regehr, Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino, then staggered through the first two-thirds of the season before falling short of a playoff berth in the final days of the regular season. Have to imagine a slow start will not be acceptable for owner Terry Pegula.
I have to disagree with him though. We all know the love-affair Terry Pegula has with Ruff and Darcy. If the Sabres do start off slow, i think they'll be quick to blame the inexperience at forward, bright prospects on the horizon and short season as not a good way to judge.
Edited by Vanek-Man, 09 January 2013 - 04:03 AM.