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Sabres owner Pegula says Ruff ‘can consider me a friend always’

Feb 20, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

Terry Pegula AP

Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula has issued a statement in the wake of his club firing longtime head coach Lindy Ruff.

From the team website:

The hockey world knows how I and the entire Buffalo Sabres organization feel about Lindy Ruff not only as a coach but also as a person. His long tenure with the Sabres has ended.

His qualities have made this decision very difficult.

I personally want Lindy to know that he can consider me a friend always.

Pegula purchased the Sabres in Feb. 2011 and, in his introductory presser, offered up this infamous line:

“Lindy and I have talked, pardon my French, but Lindy ain’t going nowhere.”

How times change.

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  1. esracerx46 - Feb 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    “can consider me a friend always” Isn’t that the same thing as saying it’s not you, its me? what Pegula said might have meant a little more if Ruff was the one saying it. Not the guy who broke it off.

  2. steelers88 - Feb 20, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Yeah sure like if someone fired me I would totally consider them my friend (yeah right).

  3. modellforprez - Feb 20, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    if they “sabres” really make it through having Hasak and Ryan Miller without a cup i will be shocked. now having said this i know they have some good players but not enough

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