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SABRES SIGN HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF TO MULTI-YEAR DEAL

NHL’s longest-tenured coach remains behind Sabres bench

Friday, 04.29.2011 / 1:46 PM / News
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SABRES SIGN HEAD COACH LINDY RUFF TO MULTI-YEAR DEAL
Lindy Ruff (Photo: Getty Images)
Buffalo Sabres Owner Terry Pegula announced today the Sabres have signed head coach Lindy Ruff to a multi-year contract.

Ruff led the Sabres to a 43-29-10 record this season, finishing third in the Northeast Division and seventh in the Eastern Conference. By finishing the season in seventh place, Buffalo became the first team to overcome a double-digit point deficit to make the playoffs since the St. Louis Blues did it in 2008-09. Buffalo’s lowest point of the season came on November 5 when they were 30th in the NHL with a record of 3-9-2 (8 pts.).

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The 2010-11 season was Ruff’s 14th year as head coach since being hired on July 21, 1997, making him the NHL’s longest tenured head coach. During Ruff’s time in Buffalo, there have been 162 coaching changes throughout the NHL.

Ruff, the all-time winningest coach in Sabres’ history, has compiled a career record of 526-418-132 in Buffalo. The native of Warburg, Alberta, has coached in 1,066 career regular season games, and on Dec. 9 he moved into 2nd place all-time for Most Games Coached with One Franchise, passing Billy Reay. Ruff has 526 career wins with Buffalo, and he passed Reay again on Mar. 13 to take sole possession of 2nd spot in NHL history for Most Career Wins with One Franchise. Ruff’s 526 wins are also the most by any coach with his first NHL team.

Ruff was behind the bench for his 1,000th game as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on November 10 at New Jersey, making him the 18th person to achieve this milestone. Ruff also became the 88th person to lead the same professional major sport team for 1,000 games; seven NBA coaches and 78 MLB managers have accomplished this feat.

Ruff has a .574 playoff winning percentage (57-44), and is the Sabres’ all-time leader in playoff games coached (101) and wins (57). This postseason, Ruff became the eighth coach in NHL history to reach 100 games with the same team. Ruff’s 101 playoff games coached rank him fifth among active coaches, and 20th all-time. His 57 wins are third among active coaches, while his 14 wins in the 1999 playoffs are a club record for most wins in one playoff year.

Most Games Coached with One Franchise      
  • Al Arbour, NYI...................1500
  • Lindy Ruff, BUF................1066
  • Billy Reay, CHI.................1012
  • Jack Adams, DET............964
  • Toe Blake, MTL.................914
Most Career Wins with One Franchise
  • Al Arbour, NYI......................740
  • Lindy Ruff, BUF...................526
  • Billy Reay, CHI....................516
  • Toe Blake, MTL...................500
  • Glen Sather, EDM...............464

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