Lindy Ruff: One of the Best in the NHL

Matt SchaeferCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2008

Lindy Ruff is one of the main reasons why the Buffalo Sabres have been so good in the past few years. 

He is a great leader, and shows his players how to play the game.  He is one of the factors that have Sabres Fans dreaming for another playoff berth this season. 

Ruff is entering his 11th season as Buffalo Sabres head coach.  His streak of 820 games behind the same bench for one team is currently the longest streak in the NHL.  Ruff has lead his Sabres teams to winning records in nine of his 10 seasons in Buffalo.  He has also taken his team to the Eastern Conference semifinals four years in his tenure.  

Not to mention, alongside Darcy Regier, Ruff is half of the longest-running GM/Coach combination in the NHL. 

Ruff has strong mental toughness.  He has been through some pretty rough times in his life, but still battled through them.  His teammates love to play for him, and he really does bring out the best in everyone.

His mark of 397-320-103 with the Sabres is good for fifth-overall among active coaches in wins, and 23rd all-time in the NHL.  Ruff is also 52-36 in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Watching on TV and in the arena, I can see Lindy talking to his players to try to pump them up, or just to tell them they did a great job.  He also is the first one to stick up for one of his players.  He is a guy I want to see behind the Sabres' bench for the rest of his NHL coaching career.


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