Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who broke his ribs during an on-ice practice fall Monday, was not healthy enough to return to First Niagara Center today. General Manager Darcy Regier said the coach is "day-to-day" and may return for Wednesday's home game against Boston.
"I did speak with him this morning," Regier said. "He is in a lot of pain. He said he got about four hours sleep last night. He was, when I came in this morning, on a conference call with the coaches going over practice."
Assistant coach James Patrick has taken over the daily duties from Ruff.
If Ruff does return for the game against Boston, it's possible he could coach from upstairs. Assistant Teppo Numminen, who is normally up in the press box and communicates with a headset, would likely come down to the bench.
"We’ll see how he feels in the morning," Regier said, "and he’ll make a determination from there."