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Buffalo Sabres news: Lindy Ruff turned down extension, team sale official

Feb 1, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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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?

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