I am saddened by the current status of the Buffalo Sabres. I am deeply disappointed in the direction the team has gone since my leaving. I wish them all the best, and hope for winning days ahead
I root for the city, and I root for the team, and I want to see them do well.
a confidence trick that attempts to defraud a group after first gaining their confidence over a long period of time, usually through the use of elaborate and deceptive methods.
Lindy Ruff was selected 32nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft on August 9th, 1979. The selection marked the beginning of a long and symbiotic relationship between Ruff and the Sabres organization.
Prior to the 1997-1998 season, Ruff was named the 15th head coach in the history of the Buffalo Sabres. He had immediate success, advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals in this first season. Ruff would prove that this success was no fluke, and that he was in Buffalo to stay.
The Sabres lost in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals to finish the 1998-1999 season, without hoisting the Cup. The series-clinching goal scored in triple overtime by Brett Hull was not only devastating, but controversial. In the mourning period after the unjust loss, Ruff swore revenge: he vowed to one day see “Buffalo Sabres” engraved on the Stanley Cup.
On February 20th, 2013, the Buffalo Sabres announced that Ruff had been relieved of his coaching duties. While he had seemingly been abandoned by the franchise to which he had committed decades of loyal service, Ruff’s greatest duty yet had only just begun. He began to devise an elaborate scheme. As the first step in this scheme, he would approach the Dallas Stars; the same franchise which had robbed him of the Stanley Cup over a decade prior.
Ruff’s plan was to coach the Stars to the best of his abilities. He would lead the team to the top of the Western Conference, which would coincide with the Buffalo Sabres’ meteoric rise to the top of the East. This would lead to both teams meeting in the Stanley Cup Finals. A second edition of the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals would begin, only with Ruff manning the opposite bench. The Stars and the Sabres fight a bitter series, with Ruff being met with waves of boos every time his image is shown on the jumbotron. Little would the fans know, that he is exactly the right man for the job.
On the eve of Game 7, Ruff voids his contract as head coach, burns his playbook, and ceremoniously smashes his whistle. He dons an old Chris Drury jersey, and heads to Pat LaFontaine's luxury box to watch the game. In the chaos that ensues, the coachless Stars are easily dispatched by the surging Buffalo Sabres. Lindy Ruff is finally able to see “Buffalo Sabres” engraved on the Cup, as the franchise he knows and loves so well becomes the 2020 Stanley Cup Champion.