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01-26-2012, 12:54 PM
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The two most important off-ice positions of any NHL franchise are the general manager and the head coach. GMs will be busy right up to the trade deadline and coaches will be feeling the pressure as the postseason draws closer. Which pair would you want leading your franchise? I rank the 30 NHL GM/coach combinations in the league:

16. Buffalo Sabres (Darcy Reiger/Lindy Ruff) The longest-tenured GM/coach combo in the league. The two have been together since 1997. In their second year, the Sabres advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals, losing to the Dallas Stars in six games. Remarkably, Buffalo compiled a 105-46-13 record from 2005-07, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in back-to-back years. Despite losing Danny Briere, Brian Campbell and Chris Drury to free agency, the organization has remained competitive. However, they overpaid dearly for former Flyer Ville Leino (six years, $27 million).

Biggest question mark moving forward: If the Sabres continue their losing ways, will Reiger or Ruff survive despite their long-term stability?
I'd love to hear what Pegula's response would be to his GM/coach combo being pretty mediocre and the 3rd best duo in the division.

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