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Video: Sabres fans give Lindy Ruff standing ovation

Oct 28, 2013, 7:54 PM EDT

Things remain pretty dim for the Sabres right now – nice Matt Moulson debut or not – but that didn’t make Monday’s crowd in Buffalo so sour that they didn’t treat long-time former head coach Lindy Ruff with the appropriate amount of respect:

(Updated with a better video.)

Ruff’s Dallas Stars are off to a hot start tonight, taking a 3-1 lead to the first intermission.

That might be OK, really, because many Sabres fans might prefer to focus on the future … and maybe, to some extent, the past.

  1. mega1480 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    I liked him as a coach and wish him well. Sometimes the message grows stale and it’s time to move on for all involved, doesn’t mean he’s a bad coach, hopefully better days lie ahead for both teams… Btw, why can’t hockey apply the rules in the finals as written like baseball? (No Goal)

    • bagjr387 - Oct 28, 2013 at 8:21 PM

      If you mean because he is coaching the team that beat him in the finals in 99(goal or not), The youngest player on that team, Jon Sim retired 2 years ago, and considering no one in the organization is the same, including the owner, I don’t think it matters…

      • mega1480 - Oct 28, 2013 at 9:21 PM

        As Red Sox fans are now and before them Raiders fans (Tuck rule) have been hearing… Rules are rules

  2. hockeyflow33 - Oct 28, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    I don’t really understand the love for the guy. His teams always underachieved and his systems always seemed to be flawed.

    • winger58 - Oct 29, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      “Underachieved??” When did Lindy have a talented team that didn’t achieve? When did LIndy have a talented team!? For all of Ruff’s 16 years in Buffalo his GM believed you could build a team consisting of a great goaltender and mediocre players. The ’99 team had no business being in the finals. The President’s Cup team overachieved greatly, and their quick dispatch in the playoffs proved it. The years that the Sabres didn’t make the playoffs were the years that they played equal to their talent. Those other years were years of great achievement, mostly due to great goaltending and coaching. Ruff proved that no coach should hang around for 16 years. It makes for a stale product. But Ruff made the most out of what he was given, and he wasn’t given much.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Living off that Cup team for over a decade is questionable. No doubt the team was never stacked with talent but they have, (had), one of the league’s best goalies along with several highly talented players at different times and never really competed.

      • gager19 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:47 PM

        could not agree with you more.in 98 he came within 2 wins of the finals.in 99 within 2 wins of the cup.2001 they lost to pitt in 7 games in the 2nd round after beating philly in 6 games in the first round.i bring this up because they played the entire season without their captain ;michael peca.peca had a bitter dispute(contract) with darcy regier.it was a sign of things to come with regier.he should have been fired then.either peca should have been signed or traded.to do nothing?had they had peca they have beaten pitt and advanced to the final four.they had a good team.colarado won the cup that year but who knows?hasek was still playing great and ruff was a good playoff coach.show me another team that would allow their captain to sit out the entire year.by the hasek saw the writing on the wall with regier and went to detroit to win the cup.17 years of regier.that is pure hell.

  3. gager19 - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:36 PM

    lindy ruff is buffalo.got the most out of his ability as a player and by far the best coach the sabres ever had.i wish he was still here.

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