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Sabres GM Regier: “Lindy is the guy”

Feb 6, 2013, 9:25 PM EDT

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The growing contingent of Sabres fans calling for the head of long-time head coach Lindy Ruff won’t be getting its wish anytime soon.

Per the Buffalo News, general manager Darcy Regier says that any changes he makes to his struggling team won’t involve the man behind the bench.

“It won’t be the coach,” said Regier, who maintains the Sabres need to be better defensively to improve their 3-6-1 record.

“Offensively, we’re fine,” he said. “But defensively we have work to do.

“And when you think of where we are defensively, If I had a coach to pick to shore that up, Lindy is the guy.”

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

  1. hsnepts - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:28 PM

    Enough of this. We need more articles about the Canucks goalies.

  2. billsin20xx - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    Well then I guess we can forget the playoffs once again. He only has four playoff appearances in the last 10 years and only made it out of the first round twice in 14 years. The Sabres haven’t won a playoff round since 2007.
    I can’t believe Pegula will accept this mediocrity. I also can’t blieve Ruff doesn’t have enough pride to step down either.

    • killerpgh - Feb 6, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      When was the last time an NHL coach has step down? I’m not saying it hasn’t happened, but I can’t think of any that have. If anything I think pride would make a coach not quit.

      • billsin20xx - Feb 6, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        You are right, he won’t step down, since obviously Regier won’t do the right thing and fire him I guess I was just hoping.
        With Pegula just giving Regier an extension I also don’t think he will over-rule him and order the firing either.
        I guess it will be another year of not worrying about watching hockey when the weather turns nice during playoff time.
        The only problem is the games aren’t watchable even now. I was at Sundays game, how long will Pegula sit there when the entire arena is booing his team like they did that day?

      • thecheeman - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Jacques Lemaire stepped away from the Devils after an inspiring season finish in ’10-’11

  3. steelers4385 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I hate lindy. Been saying it for yeeeeeeeears. Guy is trash and hadnt done a single positive thing for this team.

  4. pens919209 - Feb 6, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Odd… you can’t coach offense, and offense isn’t the problem for the Sabres. Yet the guy that Regier would want to help a bad defensive club is the one coaching that bad defensive club.

    Seems like the sort of mental gymnastics that gets you an early tee time and a high draft pick to me.

  5. kgun80 - Feb 7, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    And the beat goes on… Darcy Regier won’t ever fire Lindy voluntarily. He has built a team around Ruffs system if another coach is brought in they will clean house. Guys like Sekera who are only defenseman in name only will have to be released. We need someone who doesn’t stifle young talent like Ruff has done to Myers and many other players before him. They will continue to add players like Hecht who do nothing but hold a stick and watch players go around them. Please please do something before Grigerenko and Foligno are wasted by playing them on a line with players like Hecht.. I get it a veteran presence on a young line is good but at least get a vet who can skate and handle the puck!! Just another year of disappointment for Buffalo fans and that’s acceptable?! Come on Pegula do remember ” our goal is to bring multiple championships to Buffalo”!! Well this is not the way!

  6. buddysguys - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    they have gotten worse since Pegula started “wasting” money here. For Darcy to get an extension during a lock out is just a slap in the face to the fans that haven’t seen him or Lindy win a playoff series in forever. Just another horrible decision by this clueless owner.

  7. davebabychreturns - Feb 7, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    You guys don’t see a problem on that Sabres roster?

    Your number one center is a talented young kid who, happens to lack the speed or size or commitment to play an effective defensive game at the NHL level. Most of your other centers have some variation on that problem (Grigorenko – too green, Ennis – too small, etc) so at one of the most important positions in the game this club has basically been set up to fail in its own zone. Hecht and Ott can’t do it on their own, especially when Hodgson is the one who is going to see the tough matchups.

    Then there’s the blueline, I would take Christian Ehrhoff and Jordan Leopold and Tyler Myers on my team but certainly not for their ability to make it tough on opponents in their own zone. I don’t know much about Mike Weber, but Regehr looked pretty well done before the Sabres acquired him so I don’t imagine he’s helping out much..

    Whatever your problems are with Ruff it’s pretty clear that this Sabres team is not built to compete right now – maybe if some more of their forwards can start scoring they can stay out ahead of their problems, but when push comes to shove and they have to shut the door I just don’t see many guys on the roster who can get that done.

  8. westsidewilly - Feb 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Only been following hockey for a couple of years, so take my comments for whatever they’re worth. The Sabres this year always look unfocused and unprepared. I’d say that’s on the coach. With largely the same players, they were at least competitive in the last 2 years. Now, they are pathetic. Yes, the defense is bad, but I say let’s send Enroth packing and call up Leggio. He couldn’t be any worse as a #2 GT.

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