Buffalo Sabres Can Blame Themselves For Lindy Ruff's Firing With Fans

By Andy Schmidt
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The Buffalo Sabres are still trying to figure out what they are going to do with their coaching situation now that the team has fired Lindy Ruff, who was the longest tenured coach in the whole National Hockey League. The team has no one to blame but themselves for Ruff getting fired though and until they fix their own problems on the ice, it won’t matter what coach Buffalo brings in. It’s not going to change anything.

Buffalo can’t stop the puck from going in the net with Ryan Miller having a sub-par season right now. The Sabres aren’t scoring on the power play either being the second-worst team in the league doing that. Thomas Vanek has been the only player that is doing anything positive for this team. Vanek has 25 points in 17 games and while he will probably finish with at least a point a game on average when the season ends, Ruff wasn’t going to be saved.

There wasn’t much that Ruff could do if the team isn’t producing on the ice. Buffalo needs to work on their defense before they can work on fixing anything else. The fans in Buffalo got restless with Ruff and not winning this season. The fans these days complain to a point where anyone can be fired or released if the fans get behind it enough. The Sabres had a winning record the last four seasons coming into this year and as soon as things went bad, Ruff was fired. It’s never fair but you can blame the players and the fans for this one happening.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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