By John Vogl
The first time Lindy Ruff left Buffalo, back in 1989, he went to the New York Rangers. It's possible the scenario could happen again.
The Rangers have fired coach John Tortorella, which might open the door for Ruff to step behind the Blueshirts' bench.
Ruff reportedly interviewed with Dallas and was installed as a favorite to take over for Alain Vigneault in Vancouver, but the job in New York should have even more appeal. Based on conversations regarding Ruff's job wish list, the Rangers are a perfect fit. They are already an established team (no desire for a rebuild), and the proximity to Buffalo is a bonus.
Ruff spent parts of three seasons in New York after the Sabres traded him. James Patrick, Ruff's former assistant from the Sabres who is out of work and is expected to join Ruff with a new team, played more than a decade for the Rangers.
Elliotte Friedman of CBC reports that Tortorella was let go by the Rangers after goaltender Henrik Lundqvist declined to commit to re-signing with New York and spoke of his time there in the past tense.