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Sabres president says Ruff, Regier back next year

Apr 12, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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Even though the Sabres missed the playoffs for the third time in the last five years, team president Ted Black is sticking by head coach Lindy Ruff and GM Darcy Regier.

“They’ll be back next season,” Black told the Buffalo News. “I didn’t see a need to do anything otherwise at this juncture. We spent the better part of this week planning next year.”

On one hand, retaining Ruff and Regier makes sense. They’re the NHL’s longest-tenured coach/GM duo and, over the last 16 seasons, have developed a solid working relationship.

On the other hand…

Several Buffalo players — Ryan Miller and Jason Pominville most notably — have called this season a “step back” for the organization after back-to-back opening round playoff losses. There were also the comments of Derek Roy, who didn’t take too kindly to Ruff blasting the team to the media after it was eliminated from the playoffs:

“To be pointing fingers now is obviously tough. Behind closed doors, I think it’s fine. You can be hard. It’s not fun, but it’s good to be hard on your players behind closed doors, on the bench to get them pumped up.

“I’m not a coach, but I don’t think it’s the right thing to be saying it to the media.”

That said, Black appears to be looking at things on a larger scale. He was impressed by Regier’s ability to acquire players both via free agency (see: Ehrhoff, Christian) and trades (see: Regehr, Robyn, who waived his no-trade). Black also liked what he saw down the stretch, when Ruff rallied the team from last in the Eastern Conference to within three points of the eighth and final playoff spot.

I think you can guess we like the trades and the free agent signings,” Black said of Regier. “I think the things that he has done have been pretty solid.”

As for Ruff?

“I didn’t hear any player suggest that they can’t work with the coach,” Black said.

  1. mehetmet - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    big mistake, get rid of this coach already. GM is showing he can actually get players now that he isn’t handcuffed by money, but the players come here and stop scoring…like always.

  2. tarotsujimoto74 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Roy was the only one really complaining about Ruff. The media was giving their own interpretations of what Vanek said, even though he was explicit in saying that he was fine with Ruff. Roy is the one that will be gone this offseason.

  3. darenpuppa31 - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:34 PM

    Great, more years of mediocrity… I am pumped.

  4. govtminion - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Caption: “Dude, seriously? We’re back next year?” “Yeah, I can’t believe it either.”

    • mehetmet - Apr 12, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      haha, thats dead on!

  5. leninthebuff - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:18 PM

    Personally I would have canned both of them but going by what Ted Black said they are being judged only from when Pegula bought the team so OK fair enough give them one more year…it’s Pegula’s toy and he calls the shots in the end.

    Since Edmonton is willing to trade the number one pick ship them our 2 number 1’s and get an impact player who doesn’t have to spend time in Rochester whether it be Yakapov or whomever they feel the best player is. The first for Gaustad was a gift so Marcy Darcy make it work would you.

  6. rabidbillsfan - Apr 12, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Lets not call the Regher trade a success yet. He was a -12 and had 5 points, McNabb is a younger, better option if you ask me. We will be having an influx of talent coming up, so its up to Ted, Darcy, Terry and Lindy to figure out if they want to use that talent or draft a guy like Nail after trading up. Pysk is in the system along with Armia, both guys should turn into solid contributors. However, I would wonder if Edm. would take our 2 firsts and Roy and even Weber for that #1. Either way, this team is better today then it was to start the season, and I think it would take a catastrophic melt down for us to miss the playoffs again next season.

  7. obamablowz - Apr 12, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Maybe they could sign V. Leno to a huge contract

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