By Mike Harrington
Darcy Regier has just named Ron Rolston interim coach of the Sabres for the rest of the season.
Regier said he will join Rolston in heading to Toronto tonight.
"This is professional sports. He understood it," Regier said of Ruff. "He was extremely professional. It was a tough day."
"For whatever reason, we couldn't get any traction, especially defensively. ... It was really hard to get a grip on it."
Regier said Ruff came to the bus at 3 p.m. at the Northtown Center in Amherst before the team left for Toronto.
"I believe they'll respond," said Regier, who added Kevin Porter has been called up from Rochester.
Darcy on the team: "When I see the players, I'm disappointed for them too. We should all be disappointed. As far as anger, we have too much work to do. We can't go there."