CHICAGO -- The Sabres' late-afternoon practice is over in Chicago and Lindy Ruff's lone injury update was that Patrick Kaleta is sick and stayed back in the team hotel. Much of our conversation with Ruff centered on his role, as the heat is growing on the men who has been behind the Sabres' bench since 1997.
My assertion was that Monday's 5-0 loss at Detroit was one of the worst Sabres' games I've seen in many years. Sure, many others have had wider margins but the Sabres were completely non-competitive for the final 42 minutes. Ruff didn't agree.
"I've seen a lot worse games. I've seen a lot worse games when it comes to work ethic and skating," Ruff said. "When I'm standing behind the bench, I've got to guard against not letting that frustration show. It's not a time to yell and scream and rant and rave. We've had some discussions in the room but
my frustration can't show. I've got to be the guy that leads them through this."
Ruff, however, seems unable to do so. How about a trade to help? Ruff said one-player deals only work once in a while. I suggested a multi-player deal and he wasn't buying what I was selling.
"My responsibility is to get this team going and I'm going to take full responsibility for that,' Ruff said. "There is an obligation on my part to do the best to get this team going and I feel that's my responsibility. Darcy and I talk about every option. That includes trading players. It includes bringing up players and sending down players."
Hear the full audio from our meeting with Ruff today by clicking below.
Meanwhile, the folks at NBC Sports Network are breathing down Ruff's neck. Check out this clip from Jeremy Roenick and Mike Keenan.