5 Facts to Understand About Lindy Ruff, the Coach of the Buffalo Sabres

Lindy Ruff is returning to Buffalo. The Sabres announced on Monday that the fifth-winningest coach in NHL history, who is also the winningest coach in franchise history, has been hired to lead the team into its next chapter.

Ruff has a significant history with the organization, having been a member of the Sabres for 25 of the team’s 53 seasons. This includes playing parts of 10 seasons with the franchise and serving as a team captain, in addition to guiding the organization through two of its most memorable and successful eras during his previous head-coaching tenure.

The decision to bring Ruff back extends beyond his familiarity and passion for Western New York. The 64-year-old has experienced success at each of his coaching stops since leaving the Sabres and has demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing personnel and eras throughout his career.

Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams expressed his enthusiasm for Ruff’s return, stating that Lindy was the ideal choice for the job due to his experience, proven track record, familiarity with young players, and more. Adams emphasized that the hiring was not driven by nostalgia, but rather by Ruff’s suitability for the current team.

He expressed confidence in Ruff’s ability to help the team achieve its goals and looks forward to working with him. These are some key facts to reacquaint you with the Sabres coach.

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