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Ruff on contract chatter: 'Nowhere close'

Former NHL goaltender Greg Millen, now an analyst for Leafs TV and Sportsnet, got the Internet buzzing late in Tuesday night's game when he said that Sabres coach Lindy Ruff signed a seven-year contract extension last April. Ruff, of course, is beloved by owner Terry Pegula, and both President Ted Black and GM Darcy Regier maintain there is no coaching change on the Sabres' horizon. A long-term extension like that could be one reason why.

Presented with the Millen report by The Buffalo News after his normal daily session today with the media, Ruff strongly denied it.

"It's nowhere close to that length," Ruff said. "That's not true."

Told that two sources of The News insist the deal is for six years, Ruff also shot down that report. ""It's nowhere close to that either. It's a normal coach's contract. It's not a player's contract."

On the day it was announced, both Ruff and the team refused to reveal the terms, but it's long been believed to be for three years with an option for a fourth. 

---Mike Harrington

(www.twitter.com/bnharrington) 

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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