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07-27-2011, 10:10 PM
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Kevyn Adams promoted to assistant coach

http://www.buffalowins.com/buffalo-s...ing-staff.html

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Well deserved.

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The Sabres may also not be done adding to staff. Two sources have told me that there's a good possibility that Mike Foligno will join the staff as well, giving the Sabres three assistant coaches (James Patrick, Adams and Foligno) for next year.

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Great to hear, well deserved promotion.

Room for another dedicated specialist now? Like Grier or Numminen?

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Regier said that coach Lindy Ruff has nearly settled on his final assistant to replace the departed Brian McCutcheon.
http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/article503004.ece

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Cool. Good for Kevyn.

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Room for another dedicated specialist now? Like Grier or Numminen?
I would have hoped that Ruff would have gone for a senior assistant with some background of a more technical nature. We never heard or read much of what Adams did day to day with the players - whether it was video and tactical coaching or more training and skating/stickhandling type development.

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I had a feeling this was coming. I like it.

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I had a feeling this was coming. I like it.
The obvious question though is: why did it take so long to decide/announce it, if Adams was already in the fold and indeed the presumed replacement for McCutcheon as the article suggests? Was Ruff interviewing others, who were possibly higher on his wish list but couldn't ultimately convince them to come, thus making Adams his fall-back choice?

We all know that Regier's been very busy this summer with the contracts and such but it would seem that the coaching staff has been Ruff's primary focus since April....


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The obvious question though is: why did it take so long to decide/announce it, if Adams was already in the fold and indeed the presumed replacement for McCutcheon as the article suggests? Was Ruff interviewing others, who were possibly higher on his wish list but couldn't ultimately convince them to come, thus making Adams his fall-back choice?
Nah. It is not uncommon to have the lead candidate identified and then give others the opportunity to really wow the organization. They would be doing the team an injustice if they didn't expand the interview process.

On a side note, this buffalowins site, legit? The first person blogging grates on my sense of legitimacy. "I'm hearling.... my sources..." it sounds like it is written by a 7th grader.

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I compare Adams to Craig Ramsay. He has a thorough understanding of the game. He's one of those cerebral guys who breaks down systems to figure out how to improve and exploit them. As a player he wasn't content to simply play a system without having a deep understanding of how and why it worked. He'd spend hours analyzing it. He'll be a valuable asset to Lindy Ruff.

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On a side note, this buffalowins site, legit? The first person blogging grates on my sense of legitimacy. "I'm hearling.... my sources..." it sounds like it is written by a 7th grader.
The guy who runs it is a toolbox, but he did get himself a source somewhere. He posted about Brian McCutcheon before anyone else, and had the Regehr trade terms about 8 hours ahead of the Buffalo media. There was something else he had too, but I can't remember.

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Given Regier's answer about the Sabres asst position at the end of his presser yesterday in Rochester where he said that externally it may look drawn out, but internally it wasn't, the Adam hire sounds right.

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If true, this is the kind of weak move I was fearing/expecting out of Ruff. I don't think he's secure enough to have a strong figure in an associate coach role.

It's not that I have a problem with Kevyn joining the staff. But to lose a veteran associate coach and add an unproven assistant is a weakening of your coaching staff, IMHO. Or a lost chance to really strengthen it, as Sabretip has suggested.

Unless another hire is on the way...

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If true, this is the kind of weak move I was fearing/expecting out of Ruff. I don't think he's secure enough to have a strong figure in an associate coach role.

It's not that I have a problem with Kevyn joining the staff. But to lose a veteran associate coach and add an unproven assistant is a weakening of your coaching staff, IMHO. Or a lost chance to really strengthen it, as Sabretip has suggested.

Unless another hire is on the way...
This over reaction is hilarious. If Lindy Ruff thinks that Adams is a better coach than McCutcheon, then I'll trust him on that. I'm pretty sure he knows what he's doing.

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If true, this is the kind of weak move I was fearing/expecting out of Ruff. I don't think he's secure enough to have a strong figure in an associate coach role.

It's not that I have a problem with Kevyn joining the staff. But to lose a veteran associate coach and add an unproven assistant is a weakening of your coaching staff, IMHO. Or a lost chance to really strengthen it, as Sabretip has suggested.

Unless another hire is on the way...
If there is any NHL head coach that should feel secure in a really unsecure business, it's Lindy Ruff who's been around FOREVER.

To think that Ruff is scared to have a strong assistant for fear that the strong assistant would take his job is so laughable......


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Some of the young guys will be thrilled with this hire.

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Really happy for Kevyn, although this does seem like a very quick promotion. That said, I have complete confidence in Ruff and Regier they must know Adams has what it takes to be a coach at the NHL level.

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If there is any NHL head coach that should feel secure in a really unsecure business, it's Lindy Ruff who's been around FOREVER.

To think that Ruff is scared to have a strong assistant for fear that the strong assistant would take his job is so laughable......

Agreed. But that's not how I was using the term "secure."

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If true, this is the kind of weak move I was fearing/expecting out of Ruff. I don't think he's secure enough to have a strong figure in an associate coach role.
Or maybe he just really likes Adams (who, after all, is supposedly a very likable guy) and thinks he'd be a good fit on the coaching staff and with the team. Maybe, having seen the work Adams did in a development role, he's been really impressed with Adams and thinks giving him a more significant role will improve the team. Hey, maybe he thinks Adams will be a strong figure in the associate coach role.

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Agreed. But that's not how I was using the term "secure."
I still don't see any way that Ruff is "insecure".

He's about as secure as you can get in an NHL coach no matter which way you slice things.

Adams has gotten a ton of praise for his work with the forwards as a skills coach last season. Why not give him the bump?

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If true, this is the kind of weak move I was fearing/expecting out of Ruff. I don't think he's secure enough to have a strong figure in an associate coach role.

It's not that I have a problem with Kevyn joining the staff. But to lose a veteran associate coach and add an unproven assistant is a weakening of your coaching staff, IMHO. Or a lost chance to really strengthen it, as Sabretip has suggested.

Unless another hire is on the way...
It depends, I guess. Sometimes a younger coach can inject some energy to something that may have been getting a little stale. Maybe management felt the players weren't learning much from McCutcheon, or, alternatively, that they were learning a lot from Adams. Maybe they didn't want a NHL retread. We'll have to see what happens. But I understand why Adams might be an attractive choice for them.

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If true, this is the kind of weak move I was fearing/expecting out of Ruff. I don't think he's secure enough to have a strong figure in an associate coach role.

It's not that I have a problem with Kevyn joining the staff. But to lose a veteran associate coach and add an unproven assistant is a weakening of your coaching staff, IMHO. Or a lost chance to really strengthen it, as Sabretip has suggested.

Unless another hire is on the way...
I really love the idea that he(Kevyn) is an AC now. I was not a fan of Brian. It seemed he was really bad at adapting to what teams would do on the PK to frustrate his PP.

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