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Rangers receive permission from Sabres to interview Ruff

Jun 10, 2013, 12:41 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

The New York Rangers have received permission from the Buffalo Sabres to interview Lindy Ruff for their vacant head-coaching job, reports ESPN’s Katie Strang.

The Sabres relieved Ruff of his duties in February, but permission was presumably required to speak with him as he’s still technically under contract to Buffalo. (Ruff signed a multi-year extension with the Sabres in April of 2011.)

Ruff has been thought to be among the top candidates to become the new Rangers’ bench boss since John Tortorella was fired after New York was eliminated by the Boston Bruins in the second round of the playoffs.

It’s been reported that “multiple” New York players pushed for Tortorella’s dismissal.

Rangers general manager Glen Sather has said he’d like a new coach in place in time for the NHL draft on June 30.

  1. mehetmet - Jun 10, 2013 at 12:45 PM

    something seems strange here:

    “You’re Fired….But, you can’t inquire about a new job or anything unless you ask us first”

  2. scoops1 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    If he was fired….why do the rags need to even ask

  3. oquintero99 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    The Sabres are still on the hook for Ruff’s salary evev though he was fired. Arrangements can be made if Ruff is signed by the Rangers if they take all of the salary or part of it.

    • jernster21 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:25 PM

      Even though they get “fired” as the coach, they are still under contract with the club, thus requiring permission from the team to be interviewed. Additionally, should he accept an offer from another team, the contract is void and they no longer have to pay him. If Ruff just wanted to golf till the end of his contract, he could, and Buffalo would continue paying him till contract expiration.

  4. redridershoottheireyeout - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    not much of a different coaching style than Tortorella, but he’s better with the media, he was never the issue behind the Sabres poor play

  5. btlpper68 - Jun 10, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Wait I’m confused why the heck do they have to ask the sabres canned ruff

  6. acuratech348 - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    They have to ask because even though he was fired, he is still under contract with buffalo.

  7. buddysguys - Jun 10, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    2 years ago players cried about Lindy in Buffalo and him being to mean and hurting their feelings. Don’t see it working out.

    Also for as tough as Hockey Players are they sure are a bunch of babies…Waaah my coach is mean he called me a dummy when i messed up waaaahhh someone fire him he is mean!!!!

  8. jacketsfan7 - Jun 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    If bylzma gets fired there’s no way in hell ruff will go to New York

  9. Habib Marwan - Jun 10, 2013 at 5:41 PM

    ive thought all along that ruff will wind up with this job…. but the flyers should have fired laviolette and pounced on this first

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