‘Ruff’s playing days came to a controversial end in Buffalo shortly after coach Ted Sator made his captain a healthy scratch in February 1989. Ruff resigned his captaincy two days later. Within three weeks he was traded to the New York Rangers for a fifth-round draft pick. “I wish I would have reacted differently. But I didn’t,” Ruff said at Monday morning’s skate prior to Game Three in Nassau Coliseum. “I’ve been kind of an emotional guy, and I reacted harshly to that situation as a player.”’
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