When everyone last saw Lindy Ruff, the Sabres coach was speaking glowingly about his organization. He was announcing his new three-year contract extension, and he talked of how he never contemplated leaving because the franchise had a bright future. Buffalo, he said last month, offered the best chance to win the Stanley Cup.
When The News caught up with Ruff on Saturday night, a few things had changed. His captains were gone, and his GM had admitted the team would be less competitive.
We asked Ruff if he had the chance to do it all over again, would he re-sign with the Sabres so readily? Ruff didn't call for anyone to tear up his new deal, but he obviously had some reservations because all the talk of a bright future was gone.
"You know, hindsight is 20-20, but it's something that I'd rather not even comment on," Ruff said.
How about you? Should Ruff be upset that he signed with the Sabres -- at below market value -- just before his top two players left? Should he have seized the chance to be a free agent?