Ruff Around the Edges: Is the Buffalo Sabres’ Head Coach the Problem?

March 16th, 2010 by Matthew Hogan Leave a reply »

It’s not a secret that if the Buffalo Sabres want to make any kind of playoff run, certain players are going to have to step their game up—Thomas Vanek, Drew Stafford, and Craig Rivet just to name a few.

But there is one name that seems to be escaping a lot of criticism: Lindy Ruff.

Buffalo’s head coach, in his 12th season with the Sabres, has made some highly questionable decisions in the last month of play—the most recent has Sabres’ fans scratching their heads.

In light of the Sabres’ recent scoring slump, Ruff called up Mark Mancari from the AHL to provide an offensive spark—which the young Sabre did.

In three games with the big club, Mancari had two points, an incredible 15 shots, and was a plus-three. He also averaged just under 18 minutes of ice-time per game.

It seemed that ...

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