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01-29-2012, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by jBuds View Post
So they are giving Regier a chance to rattle the core, and Ruff a chance to coach this new core. Or so it's hinted…
That's what I'm gathering too. Ruff and Regier are on board for at least one more season. It's up to Regier to get Ruff a new deck of cards between now and game 1 of the 2012-13 regular season.

It's very frustrating for me because over the last 14 years, Ruff has had multiple versions of "core" players. He's only been to one Cup Final, riding on the back of the single greatest goaltender in NHL history. What collection of players could Regier possibly bring in over the next 6+ months that would turn Ruff into a coaching genius again? Ruff's proven that even with adding 40 minutes a night in the form of Robyn Regehr and Christian Ehrhoff has zero impact. Actually, and amazingly, it's had a negative impact on his team's performance.

Pegula and Black have already sat in neutral, watching this season swirl down the drain so that they can hang on to their favorite Sabres employee in Lindy Ruff, and throw just about all of the players under the bus.

When you continue to tell the hockey world that it's not the head coach that's the problem, and it's not the GM that's the problem, then every finger that matters points directly at the players that wear the jersey. That's obviously going over exceptionally well in the room.

Change all the faces you want. Change "the core" over as many times as you want. As long as that is the mantra from ownership, the players that wear this jersey will never achieve the ultimate success; because anything that goes wrong is already their fault. Before it even happens.

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