The Buffalo Sabres are in Toronto to take on the Maple Leafs Thursday night and for the first time in 16 years, Lindy Ruff will not be behind the bench. WBFO's Jim Ranney talked with Steve Manson of Western New York Hockey Magazine about Ruff's firing and where the team goes from here.
The newest member of the Buffalo Sabres met with reporters this morning at First Niagara Center. Forward Steve Ott is promising to bring his hard work ethic to the team.
Ott calls Buffalo a first class place to play hockey, from ownership to management to staff. He says he wants to help make the Sabres, who have been criticized for lacking toughness, a harder team to play against.
"I think team toughness is your best toughness," Ott said. "I think if you go in there and you play a team-structured game, heavy heavy, that will take care of your toughness."
Buffalo Sabres President Ted Black says the team is already looking ahead on how to rebound from this year's disappointing finish. And he adds those plans include moving forward with both general manager Darcy Regier and coach Lindy Ruff.
As difficult as it was on the franchise to miss the playoffs, Black told the Associated Press by phone that there's ``no time to wallow in misery.'' He says the team will continue the aggressive approach in adding players it established last offseason, its first under new owner Terry Pegula.