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Online bookmaker: Ruff favored to be new Rangers coach

May 31, 2013, 11:13 AM EDT

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Former Buffalo bench boss Lindy Ruff is the 13/4 favorite to be named the new head coach of the New York Rangers, according to online bookmaker Bovada.

Ruff was fired by the Sabres in February. He’d been the head coach in Buffalo since July 21, 1997. Four times Ruff took the Sabres to the conference finals. He led them to the Stanley Cup finals in 1999, where they fell to the Dallas Stars in six games.

Ruff is no pushover, but he’s considered less combative than John Tortorella, who was fired by the Rangers this week. It’s been reported that “multiple” New York players pushed for Tortorella’s dismissal.

Whoever ends up with the job, Rangers general manager Glen Sather has said he wants his new coach hired in time for the June 30 draft.

Here are the rest of the candidates, according to Bovada:

Alain Vigneault              7/2

Mark Messier                7/2

Dave Tippett                 11/2

Dallas Eakins                7/1

Mike Keenan                 15/2

Paul Maurice                 8/1

Marc Crawford              17/2

Guy Boucher                 15/1

  1. sjsharks66 - May 31, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    That would be a good decision by the Rangers. Vancouver should get Guy Bocher. I think he would fit well there.

  2. Habib Marwan - May 31, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Mark Messier’s name shouldnt even be mentioned for a coaching vacancy ….

  3. caniac4ever - May 31, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Messier as coach: “We WILL win the cup.”

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 31, 2013 at 12:13 PM

      If you’re thinking big name with ZERO experience, you might as well go with a BIGGER name with some experience. Yes?

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 31, 2013 at 6:44 PM

        Lo and behold, the BIGGER name with experience I was referencing just popped up in another article. If this happens, then the NYRs are a shame. Nothing worse than bringing in the old gang to do a job they haven’t proven they can do to put the last nail in Sather’s coffin.

    • 950003cups - May 31, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      Coach Messier: WE WILL WIN GAME 6… of the season.

  4. 950003cups - May 31, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    If they pass on Paul Maurice I’ll laugh at them.

    What makes Lindy Ruff the favorite? I guess all that was holding him back was:

    A) a stud goaltender…. uh no…, wait….

    B) He didn’t have enough fire power… oops, Uh, I messed up again….

    Oh I know, I know!! Its C!!

    C) There was too much pressure on him in Buffalo as opposed to…. Damn! I keep mesing up.

    OK, someone chime in on why Lindy Ruff is the right guy. Besides Sather trying to save his own hide by getting the most well known guy.

    Paul Maurice has done more with a LOT less. Plus he’ll add some respect to that club.

    • Habib Marwan - May 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Lindy Ruff has never had a “loaded” roaster to work with and why wouldnt he bring respect to the Rangers?

    • Habib Marwan - May 31, 2013 at 11:52 AM

      Lindy Ruff has never had a “loaded” roster to work with and why wouldnt he bring respect to the Rangers?

      • 950003cups - May 31, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        The reason I think Ruff wont add respect to the team is because of his popularity. He’s the most popular guy out there. That would be the most perceived reason he would be hired. It’s not gonna be based on success, because LATELY Ruff has consistently under achieved, whereas Maurice has been more recently over achieving.

      • magicrat13 - May 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        950003cups…based on your “logic” then Messier would be the best choice….i mean he is more popular than ruff and would add instant respect…and no one can tell me lindy ruff is more popular than mark messier…

    • johnstone17 - May 31, 2013 at 7:22 PM

      I like either Maurice or Ruff. One guy That I’m shocked isn’t getting mentioned for anything is Mike Haviland. Of course it hurts him that the “Hawks went to the conference finals the season after they fired him as an assistant. He is a real good hockey guy.

  5. 950003cups - May 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I just don’t think Ruff can hack it anymore. He had chance after chance and kept failing. Maurice had much less time by his owners, than Ruff did with Golisano. He only stayed in Buffalo for the last few years because Golisano had loyalty. Ruff’s rosters were better way assembled than Maurice’s rosters. That’s not even up for debate.

    • sabatimus - May 31, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      I think Ruff couldn’t hack it anymore…in Buffalo. He was the longest tenured coach in the league at that point, and I think he was wearing thin there. A change of scenery might do wonders for him, particularly if it’s a physical team like the Rangers.

    • tjbra9 - May 31, 2013 at 1:46 PM

      Hey 950003cups, In case you did realize obviously. Golisano hasn’t owned the team for at least a couple years moron! Buffalo should have never dumped Ted Nolan except he bagged the GM’s wife.

  6. barkar942 - May 31, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    I don’t think Ruff will work. I don’t really care for anyone on the list, especially Messier. He is being groomed to replace Sather, not Torts.
    I think Gernander should be the lead candidate, but I still like Mike Haviland. Haviland has won championships at every level of hockey. I think he would be an excellent fit with the talent the Rangers currently have.

    • johnstone17 - May 31, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Barkar, Haviland is a real good coach. Like that I’m not the only one thinking that way.

      • barkar942 - May 31, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        I remember watching Fedotenko and Fedoruk play in Trenton under Haviland. (guess that means I am getting old!)

  7. jaredo10 - May 31, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Lets bring Ruff and bring Vanek with you

    • sabatimus - May 31, 2013 at 1:17 PM

      Good luck with the latter.

  8. Habib Marwan - May 31, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    It’s the NY Rangers they wont settle for a small name they need a marquee name

  9. gombertwyn - May 31, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I think hiring Lindy Ruff would be a bad decision because it would be a step sideways.Just a thought you have the last 4 Stanley cup winners in the conf finals.How about hiring the one of the assistants from one of those teams.

  10. thedavesiknowiknow - May 31, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    It would make sense in so many ways. They’re the same fregging guy in the coaching department. Ruff may not be as surly with the media- but that’s about the only difference. If this happens, the Rangers will have the same m.o.: outbid everyone on high priced forwards, and try to force players that have never played defense to help make Lundquist look like the best goalie of all time.

    • sabatimus - May 31, 2013 at 1:22 PM

      One big difference: Ruff does not openly throw his players under the bus with venom aplomb. To me, Ruff was a professional, whereas Tortellini has a massive attitude and ego problem and comes off as an annoying, bullying little s**t. No wonder players on his team reportedly wanted him gone.

  11. thailer35 - May 31, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    It for sure won’t be Tippet. Coyotes are going to lock him up and have a new ownership by the end of summer.

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