Niagara Gazette


February 20, 2013

DUVALL: Too bad Ruff Era had to end like this


Niagara Gazette — Rumors had swirled for months that players had tired of Ruff's tough-guy act. Derek Roy said as much after last season and was summarily traded — a sign management was more committed to Ruff than any one player. It seems rather obvious now Roy wasn't the only one who had tuned out the coach.

Credit owner Terry Pegula and general manager Darcy Regier for making a decision many, myself included, thought was beyond them. An owner who's truly committed to winning the Stanley Cup had to level with the obvious: The time for Lindy Ruff to lead them there had passed. He simply had to go.

It's a shame. No one wanted to see Buffalo reach the mountaintop more than Ruff. He's literally given a lifetime to this franchise, this city. 

It's time for someone else to give it a shot.

Contact Tonawanda News managing editor Eric DuVall at

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