By Mike Harrington
Lindy Ruff lasted 16 years as the Sabres' head coach, all of them spent under GM Darcy Regier. Ruff's good friend gave him the news in February his time here was up and Regier himself got that news late last night from owner Terry Pegula. So did Ruff's replacement, Ron Rolston.
"It’s affected a few good friends of mine, but I’m not surprised,” Ruff said today in a post by Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson in Edmonton, where the Stars were preparing for tonight's game against the Oilers. “I’ve seen a few (Buffalo) games. I’ve seen the crowd reaction and where they’re at. You have to win games at home.
"The toughest situation for any coach is standing behind the bench and losing games at home. There’s one thing about being entertaining but there’s another thing about putting wins on the board.”
As he did a couple days after he was fired and again when he came to town with the Stars on Oct. 28, Ruff paid tribute to Regier again today.
"We had an unbelievable relationship," Ruff said. "He had my back for all those years and he could have pulled the pin at any time through tough stretches. He hung in there with me and believed what we were doing through tough times, feeling we’d come out of it and we did. That’s not easy for a general manager in today’s game.”
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