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Giving the NHL a Ruff Ride for the 400th Time
by November 30, 1999 @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Oct 16th 2008 5:34PM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Rangers, Sabres, NHL GeneralLast night the Buffalo Sabres defeated the New York Rangers to advance to 3-0-0 on the new season, ending the Rangers bid for their best start in that franchise’s history. But, the big story of the night was not the emergence of a Devils-like commitment to defense by both teams and the singularly boring hockey it produced, but rather that this game marked the 400th career win of Head Coach Lindy Ruff. We can all read the news wire about where that places him in the grand scheme of things (23rd all time in wins). What makes the story, of course, is that he’s done it all with one team, the one where he played most of his professional career. While 125 other guys (after today’s action) have been hired, fired, scapegoated or only retired, Ruff has made it work in Buffalo as part of a management group that stands as a model for stability even if the ownership hasn’t been.

This is a guy so well loved by the fans in Buffalo that when he was fined by the league for the brawl vs. Ottawa after the side-swipe Chris Neil put on Chris Drury in 2007 that the local businesses raised the funds to cover it. Ruff, of course, didn’t accept it, but rather had the money donated to charity.

For me, Ruff is the face of this franchise, not Ryan Miller, Thomas Vanek or Jason Pominville. When Ruff speaks, I listen, and listen carefully. I may talk about the things that Regier does in terms of personnel more, mostly because it’s easier, but what Ruff does with those players to convince them to play at the level they do is what’s most impressive to me. I’m consistently awed by how badly ex-Sabres play when they leave Buffalo, and I keep wondering when the other GM’s are going to realize just how much they’re being duped and stop buying up our UFA’s or trading us their unpolished diamonds.

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Hockey Night Live Blog: Bruins vs. Sabres
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Oct 21st 2008 9:00AM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Bruins, Sabres, NHL General, NHL Live Blogging
Buffalo comes in undefeated in Regulation at 4-0-1 while the Bruins come in at 2-1-2 having lost in a shootout to the Pens[sic] last night in their home opener. The Sabres are still without centers Paul Gaustad, Tim Connolly (nothing new there) and Jochen Hecht. Buffalo is perfect on the PK through 5 games and the PP is clicking at nearly 25%. Thomas Vanek is off to a silly good start to this season having potted 7 goals in 5 games, 2 of them short-handed.

Marc Savard and Phil Kessel lead the Broons with 5 goals each. P.J. Axelsson is day-to-day with muscle spasms. This is the first of 6 meetings between these two teams this season.

So, after the jump let’s put on our partisan hats and ignore the rest of the world for a couple of hours.

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Rivet out Two Weeks with Knee Scope
by @ 12:00 am (Category : Uncategorized )

Oct 22nd 2008 3:01PM by Tom Luongo (author feed)
Filed under: Sabres, NHL General, NHL Fights, NHL InjuriesAccording to WGR550, Buffalo Sabres Captain Craig Rivet (D) had to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery today. GM Darth Regier informed them that Rivet will be out a minimum of two weeks. At 5-0-1, the Sabres have played excellent defense so far this season (with the exception of a couple of periods against Boston and Atlanta) which can be attributed to the addition of Rivet and his pairing with Henrik Tallinder. His no nonsense approach to the game was just starting to rub off on Hank as I began to see signs of the player that was so dominant during the 2006 playoffs before breaking his arm against Carolina.

Nathan Paetsch will most likely be inserted into the lineup. No mention has been made as to whether Mike Weber will be called up from Portland for the upcoming road trip. If I know Regier, he’ll want to try and keep Weber in the AHL for as long a continuous stretch as possible, allowing that group of players to gel as much as possible. It’s the reason no one was called up when Jochen Hecht went down with a broken finger last week.

You can here Lindy Ruff’s comments here on the Rivet injury here.

For a little taste of what the Sabres will be missing in the next two weeks check out the video after the jump:

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