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.