By John Vogl
Lindy Ruff has begun looking toward his next job – the New York Rangers are reportedly the latest to give him a call – but he’ll remain a Western New Yorker. In fact, he still carries the same dream for Buffalo as when he represented the Sabres.
“There’s one thing missing from my playing career and my coaching career,” Ruff said tonight. “I have no regrets on my playing career. I have no regrets on my coaching career, but there is one thing I want to see Buffalo have one day and that’s the Stanley Cup.”
The Sabres fired Ruff as their coach in February, but his ties to the community remain strong. The Clarence Chamber of Commerce honored him as its inaugural Sportsman of the Year during a ceremony at Westwood Country Club, and the Clarence resident received handshakes, laughs and applause from his neighbors in the Northtowns.
“I owe a lot to the City of Buffalo, to the community of Clarence,” Ruff said. “My kids all grew up and were raised here, went through school. Not many coaches can say their kids went to one school.
“I don’t have any plans of moving. I might have to relocate short term for a while, but home will always be Clarence.”
It’s possible the relocation could be downstate. The Sabres, who still have Ruff under contract, have granted the Rangers permission to speak with the 53-year-old about their coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports.
Ruff declined an interview request.
Ruff was scheduled to play in a golf tournament that accompanied his award banquet, but he canceled to take care of important phone calls, according to an event organizer. He has already interviewed for the Dallas Stars’ coaching job, and he has been linked to the opening in Vancouver, too.