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Dallas coach Lindy Ruff gets career win 600 against old club, Buffalo

Lindy Ruff (photo by Arnold C. Buchanan-Hermit via wikipedia commons)

When Lindy Ruff was an NHL hockey player for the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers, he gained a reputation as a player for his toughness, character and hard work on the ice as a left winger/defenseman.

He brought that same mentality behind the bench as one of the top coaches in the league.

Monday night, his Dallas Stars team defeated his former club, the Sabres, 3-2. The win earned the 54-year-old Ruff his 600th career win. Overall his record as a coach is 600-454-88 in 16 years.

Ruff was the head coach at Buffalo for 15 years, from the 1997-98 season until the middle of the 2012-2013 season. On February 20, 2013, the Sabres announced that Ruff had been relieved of his coaching duties. That ended his tenure as the NHL’s longest active-serving coach with one team and he was second only to Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA as one of the longest-employed coaches in all of the four major sports in North America (NBA, NHL, NFL, MLB).


Improving Sabres looking to remove interim tag from Nolan’s job status

Ted Nolan (photo by Buchanan-Hermit, Aaron Y via wikipedia commons)

The Buffalo Sabres got off to a rough start this season at 4-15-1, the worst in franchise history.

NHL owners are impatient with a start like that and thus general manager Darcy Regier and head coach Ron Rolston were fired.

Enter into the picture was interim coach Ted Nolan for his second stint with the team.

The Sabres are still on the losing end of the stick with a record of 16-34-7 but have played better under Nolan at 12-19-6.

Current general manager Tim Murray has said that the club is having discussions about lifting the interim tag from Nolan’s job status.

Prospal set to become sixth Czech Republic native to play 1,000 NHL games


Vinny Prospal of CBJ Oct 2011 (photo by Rdav1109 via wikipedia commons)

Vinny Prospal has been a huge pickup for the Columbus Blue Jackets this year.

He is filling in for Kristian Huselius who is out with an injury.

Friday (Tonight) at Nationwide Arena, Prospal will achieve an NHL milestone.

The left winger will play his 1,000th game when the Jackets host the Buffalo Sabres.

He’ll become the sixth player from the Czech Republic to join that special club.

The others include: Roman Hamrlik (1,331), Bobby Holik (1,314), Jaromir Jagr (1,292), Radek Dvorak (1,139) and Petr Svoboda (1,028).

The 6’2, 198-pound Prospal is a 1993 71st-overall draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers.

He has played for the New York Rangers, Anaheim, Tampa Bay, Florida, Ottawa and the Flyers twice.


Info compiled from NHL & Columbus Blue Jackets notes

Blue Jackets lose 6-3 to Buffalo in prospect tournament


(Courtesy of Columbus Blue Jackets)

The Columbus Blue Jackets allowed three third-period goals to the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday and lost 6-3.

The loss dropped the CBJ to 1-1 at the annual prospect tournament in Traverse City, Michigan.

The Blue Jackets, beat Detroit on Saturday to open the tourney, were off on Monday and will play again on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. when they take on the Minnesota Wild.

The Jackets received goals from Boone Jenner, Cam Atkinson and Cody Goloubef. David Savard garnered three assists and Ryan Johansen had two.

But the disappointment came in the play of goaltender Mathieu Corbeil, who allowed six goals on 37 shots.

compiled from Radio, TV & CBJ reports

Buffalo gives Ruff well-deserved contract extension


Lindy Ruff (file photo)

The Buffalo Sabres have rewarded head coach Lindy Ruff with a multi-year contract extension.

The new pact keeps the franchise’s winningest coach on the bench for another run at a championship that has continually eluded the team on Lake Erie since its first season in 1970.

The 6’2, 190 Ruff, is a former left winger/defenseman during his playing career from 1979-1993 for Buffalo and the New York Rangers. Ruff was drafted by Buffalo in 1979, 32nd overall.

Ruff, a very-disciplined coach in dealing with his players, has been the head man with Buffalo since the 1997-98 season. In 1,066 games, he has a record of 526 wins, 390 losses, 78 ties, 72 overtime losses. In the post-season, his record is 57-44.


compiled from Buffalo Sabres & NHL news

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