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02-20-2013, 07:31 PM
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Interesting - and, hopefully, soon to be true - analysis from LeBrun:

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Iím not saying the Sabres were wrong to fire Ruff. The message can indeed get stale after more than 15 years, and this Sabres squad looked listless.

But letís not pretend this is a cure-all answer to Buffaloís woes. Some of this has to fall on GM Darcy Regier, as well. His blue-line corps, for my money, is overrated, I might even say soft. The Sabres arenít good enough down the middle, although Cody Hodgson is showing signs heíll be a good one. And overall, thereís not enough character and leadership on that team.

If the Sabres miss the playoffs, Iím guessing owner Terry Pegula will also make a change at GM as well despite handing Regier an extension before the season.

Regier and Ruff have always talked about being a package deal. Theyíve done some great work together in Buffalo. Iím not quite sure why they didnít leave together
http://espn.go.com/blog/nhl/post/_/i...-to-lindy-ruff

More from TSN on how the news was given to Ruff:

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General manager Darcy Regier called the team's lethargic performance during the loss to the Jets as "a tipping point." And he added that discussions to fire Ruff had begun earlier in the day.
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Regier went to Ruff's home to inform the coach of the decision. He then allowed Ruff to visit with players as they boarded a bus to travel to Toronto.

Rolston was scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Wednesday evening and then join Regier in travelling to Toronto for his first meeting with the team. Regier said he'll use the remainder of the season to determine whether Rolston deserves taking over the job on a full-time basis.
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=416441

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