Feb 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT
It’s been a big news week for the Buffalo Sabres.
Like we discussed yesterday, the team’s sale is just about complete, as the team announced that the deal was completed this afternoon and will hold a press conference on Thursday.
Naturally, when a new owner comes in, people wonder what will happen with a club’s current front office members. News surfaced that the Sabres quietly gave general manager Darcy Regier a two-year extension, but it turns out that longtime head coach Lindy Ruff actually rejected an offer for an extension of his own.
Ruff told Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News that he hasn’t discussed his coaching future with pending new owner Terry Pegula, instead indicating that their conversation was only “about hockey.”
It’ll be interesting to see what Ruff decides to do once this season is over. He is the longest tenured bench boss in the NHL, with 13 seasons in Buffalo beginning in the 1997-98 season. Wouldn’t it be odd if NFL coach Jeff Fisher and Ruff’s tenures ended in the same year?
- Injuries piling up as preseason schedule begins 11
- Report: Fedorov denies contract offer was made to Johansen 7
- Report: Johansen has gotten no shortage of KHL offers 37
- Update: Drouin out with upper body injury, not expected to miss preseason 1
- Report: NHL officials to participate in preseason without new CBA 1
- Evander Kane: I know I can score 50 goals 16
- ‘C’-less Thornton comes out swing against Wilson’s ‘tomorrow team’ talk 19
- Joe Sakic’s now general manager in name too 6
- Update: Giroux out two weeks with lower-body injury 26
- Update: Crosby on ice with Penguins teammates Friday, leaves early 5
- Heeeeeere’s Johnny! Davidson shreds Johansen’s agent for ‘baffling, nonsensical’ contract demands (65)
- Jackets reveal Johansen offers — including an eight year, $46M deal (55)
- Will the NHL publicize divers? (48)
- No icing on the PK? The USHL will see how that looks (43)
- Just how damaging are heated negotiations between Jackets, RFA Johansen? (38)