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Lindy Ruff injured at practice

Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:29 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2012 4:38 pm
Ruff is the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. (Getty Images)
By: Adam Gretz

Lindy Ruff has definitely seen better days as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

Currently fighting through a disappointing season that has seen his team fall to the bottom of the Eastern Conference and all but out of the playoff race, the Sabres have been dealing with a combination of injuries, players performing below expectations and their normal level of production and, well, it's pretty much Murphy's Law this year -- everything that can go wrong, is going wrong.

The latest example came during Monday's practice when, according to Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News, Ruff was injured during what was described as a "scary" collision with defenseman Jordan Leopold. The collision reportedly occurred when Leopold lost his balance while taking part in a 1-on-1 drill with forward Ville Leino and then fell into Ruff, sending him crashing to the ice.

According to the Sabres, Ruff suffered three broken ribs and is expected to return to practice on Tuesday.

Said Sabres goalie Ryan Miller, via the Buffalo News, "To see him in that much pain, he probably has something going on there. Hopefully we get that sorted out and he's all right. We need him behind the bench yelling and calling the lines. Lindy being a former player, he knew how to take the fall. He took it into his body instead of letting his head whip back or else it could have been really devastating."

Ruff, of course, is the longest tenured head coach in the NHL, having been behind the Sabres bench since the start of the 1997-98 season, compiling a 548-414-78 record and leading the team to the Stanley Cup Finals in just his second season with the club.

The Sabres host the Bruins on Wednesday, and go into the game with a 22-24-6 record.

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Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 10:52 pm

Lindy Ruff injured at practice

Injuries all around. The coaches and players find ways to get bad they can't find ways to win. It's about time to get the front office on the ice and start abusing them. This team needs a shake up from somewhere.

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:07 pm

Lindy Ruff injured at practice

Couple of thoughts:

1) And once again no one on the Sabres had enough heart to go after Leopold for running our coach! 

2) That's the first hit for Leo in 5 games

Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:51 pm

Lindy Ruff injured at Sabres practice

This team might as well just show to the arenas in a big clown car. At least Ville Leino was involved in something that made headlines...usually you wouldn't even know he was playing.

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