Sabres fans react to Ruff's departure
Buffalo Sabres fans reacted to the news that head coach Lindy Ruff was being relieved of his duties Wednesday.
Sabres fan Paul Tilyou grew up watching the hockey team. He said he was shocked to hear the news.
“I thought we were going to keep him, but hopefully we can get somebody good in. I can’t believe he’s gone,” said Tilyou.
Long time fan Bill McCormick said the news was sad to hear, but the move had to be done.
“Well it’s kind of a sad day. He’s been a fixture in Buffalo for so long, but something had to change. If you watched the game last night and saw the effort on the ice, it wasn’t that great. I’m just surprised that the general manger didn’t get fired too. He’s the one that got all of these players here and it think a lot of the responsibility lies on his shoulders, as well,” said McCormick.
“When players don’t give the effort, you can’t fire all the players and the coach takes the responsibility. It’s just tough. I think 16 years, he’s been here a long time. It’s just sad to see him go this way, but they’ll get a new coach and hopefully they can turn the season around.”
Sabres fan Kenna Skinner echoed the sentiment that the team can't fire the players, but they can fire the coach.
“I really like Lindy Ruff, but it’s about time. We need to bring in some new blood and get some fresh ideas and do something different for once. He’s been there too long and it hasn’t worked. We need to do something that’s going to work and maybe firing him will put a spark in the team,” said Skinner.