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Lindy Ruff states the obvious: “We need to win games”

Feb 6, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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The longest-tenured head coach in the NHL is feeling the heat.

“We need to win games,” Lindy Ruff said Wednesday, the day after his Sabres lost 4-3 in Ottawa.

“We need to win them now.”

He’s right. Buffalo has dropped seven of its last eight games since winning the first two of the season. The Sabres’ 3-6-1 record is better than only one (Washington, 2-7-1) in the Eastern Conference.

Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Cody Hodgson can’t do everything.

Among the struggling Sabres…

Defenseman Tyler Myers is a minus-7 with just one assist, his average ice time having fallen to 20:03 from the 22:29 he logged last season. The 2010 rookie of the year may be in the first year of a seven-year, $38.5 million contract, but his play hasn’t been close to the level that garnered him that deal.

Goalie Ryan Miller has surrendered four goals in each of his last four games.

Former 30-goal scorer Drew Stafford hasn’t scored yet.

As for Ruff, he’s been Buffalo’s coach since 1997; however, if he can’t get his team into the playoffs, it’s hard to picture him back next season.

The Sabres host Montreal Thursday.

  1. Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    lol it’s always worth a chuckle to watch the buffalo fan base become delusional with hope cause they won their first few games … truth is they’ll never be a successful franchise………….

    • braddavery - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:39 PM

      lol It’s always worth a chuckle to see some creepy hater make such idiotic, hate-filled statements. Get a hobby… other than coming to sports talk sites and making yourself look like a pessimistic loser.

      • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:26 PM

        it’s always worth a chuckle to get bottom feeding Upstate NY fans like yourself so mad that you react with name calling . Its kinda hard to hate an insignificant franchise , more like mockery.
        now carry on kid…lol

      • braddavery - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol Keep laughing out loud at yourself. You are the only one who finds you funny. lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol

  2. kgun80 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    Yes… Thinking your team may be a good team because they won some games means your delusional. So most fans are delusional thanks good to know.

    • Jack Bauer 24 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      the cream always rises to the top, or in buffalo’s case, sinks to the bottom of the bowl

  3. kgun80 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:05 PM

    And .. How in the world can you predict the future? Never be a good Franchise? It’s definitely not where Buffalo fans would prefer it. But never? The team has a few good pieces and we can definitely use a change in the front office and a new coach. Ruff is to comfortable and there needs to be a change in the strategy.

  4. nunan - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    When does it become time to make a coaching change? Sometimes a coach’s time just runs out. It doesn’t mean he is a bad coach… Time to move on from ol’ Ruff. Maybe the beating they are about to get on Sunday will push things in the right direction.

  5. steelers4385 - Feb 6, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Not as long as lindy is around

  6. kgun80 - Feb 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

    Thanks for proving your intelligence!

  7. 8man - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    They looked like Cup Champs when they beat the Bruins last week. Down 3-1 and then roaring back, and I mean roaring, to win 7-4. I thought for sure they’d found their rhythm. Guess they just own Boston. Or at least Vanek does.

  8. buff80 - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:23 PM

    Lindy is a tool

  9. rdurk86 - Feb 7, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Good to see two fighters having a fight really turned their season around!!!!!!!!!

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