Lindy Ruff Firing: Blame Meter for Underachieving Buffalo Sabres

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Lindy Ruff Firing: Blame Meter for Underachieving Buffalo Sabres
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Lindy Ruff was fired by the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday, per a team press release (via Sabres.com), after spending 14-plus years as the team's head coach, but he isn't the only person to blame for the franchise's failure to meet expectations over the last few seasons.

Ruff was the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL, and the Sabres made eight playoff appearances, including three trips to the Eastern Conference finals during his tenure.

However, the team has been unable to get past the first round of the playoffs in each of the last five seasons, and it missed the postseason entirely three times in that span. Those failures, combined with a horrible 6-10-1 start to the 2013 season, were too much for Ruff to survive.

Who's most to blame for the Sabres' underachieving play? Let's find out.

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