Should he be fired for their poor performance? No.
Will he be fired because there's no easier way to make a significant change to the team? Yes.
Will he get a new NHL coaching job without a problem? Very much yes.
This is the best answer. All three are correct.
I've said it a hundred or more times, I love Lindy and I always have. He's been here for a long time and he's brought this team to a SCF and back-to-back ECFs. He's won the President's Trophy and the Jack Adams Award. He's an excellent head coach and he's done a fantastic job here. The problem is, that's all in the past. He was here when things were working but now he's here and things aren't. Nothing good lasts forever in the world of sports. No matter how much success one can bring, nothing's forever. Randy Carlyle, Peter Laviolette, and John Tortorella all won Stanley Cups in the near past and were fired; not because they were bad coaches, but because it was time. That's how I feel about Ruff now.
If it were up to me, I'd fire Darcy first. I'd love to have Lindy Ruff up in a management role if he'd like that, but part of me would just want to clean house and bring in new blood in all departments. Randy Carlyle and Michel Therrien are two men that I'd be most interested in as a replacement. Carlyle has had a ton of previous success. Stanley Cup winner, a good pedigree of getting the best out of what he's got to work with, and a guy that has a personality that could do a team like ours some good. Therrien I've heard is a ******* to play for, but he won't take the ******** we've had going on around here all year long.
When it comes down to the end, we need change. Once and for all. When it happens no one knows but it's got to be getting closer and closer right? I mean, there's nowhere but up from rock bottom and we've pretty much hit it now. Too bad we don't have Dineen in the system anymore.
I do not get all the Lindy Ruff love around here. This guy has gone deep in the playoffs when he had Hasek, you can't tell me he was the reason Hasek carried that Sabres team. He also has gone deep when he had one of the best offenses I can remember in the 2006-2007 Sabres. Any other coach in his position is fired already in the season, probably even back in 2008-2009. I would not want Lindy Ruff anywhere near my team if they needed a new coach.
Most had mid-level playoff finish in mind. Through 45 games, they've lost over 200 games to injury so far, basically putting four regulars out of the lineup on any given night. Their depth isn't that deep to overcome having #5/6/7 defensemen playing #2/3 minutes or having AHL filler plugged into mid-tier lines.
Those were my concerns before the season started, that roster isn't capable of playing good enough to be a threat when injurys happen. And IMHO their overall depth down the middle is lacking, which is the biggest problem if you're trying to build a winner in the NHL.
And FTR I actually like the Sabres, so I wish them all the best in the future.
I'd be very surprised if he's back in Buffalo next year. Columbus should go after him! Don't know why he would want that job...but it would be great for Cbus to keep a good coach for longer than a couple years.