In my customary form I will write a farewell fill in your name here for who ever was fired from a Buffalo sports team. This time it is Lindy Ruff. A day I seriously never thought would happen especially if Darcy Regier was still the general manager of the Sabres. What the fuck took so long?
How did this guy survive through four different owners (assuming you count the NHL)? It was between Lindy and cockroaches and my money was on Lindy. The media loved him, the owner was just a fan boy and the fans want a statue of the guy on their own front lawn. So why now, what changed?
I honestly don't know. But I do have a hunch. And that hunch is Ken Sawyer. He is basically the new Larry Quinn as Terry Pegula's shadowy right hand man. Presumably he saw the writing on the wall and told Pegs to tell Darc to ax Lindy. What, sixteen years of losing wasn't enough of a track record to go on? Does anyone truly believe it is only the players fault this team has regressed for half a decade, never won a cup and only won two division titles in 15 seasons?
Has anyone ever heard this Sawyer character talk? I haven't even really heard his name ever mentioned until Regier's press conference Wednesday. Does anyone really believe while fighting back tears that it was Regier's idea to ax the coach? Of course not. We'll probably never know. But my guess is Sawyer.
Back to Ruff, sports is a cut throat game, players get cut, coaches get fired, so I shed no tears for this guy. At the absolute worst Ruff should have been fired after the debacle in '07 when the team didn't even show up against the Senators in the ECF. That was six freaking years ago! What was the point of bringing him back after that series? He clearly demonstrated then that he was a loser.
Oh well, here's hoping the Sabres tank the rest of the season because at this point they aren't going any where any way. (plus a better draft pick although all 14 non qualifier teams get a shot at #1 overall) Also that means Regier will be fired and a new GM will hire a new coach from outside the organization.
At least we have Sawyer to believe in with a backbone.