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Lindy Ruff Interviewed for the Sabres HC Position

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I wonder how often a GM interviews a guy who coached him for his head coaching job.  Sure things can change over 15+ years, but you'd have to imagine that Botterill had a very good idea already of what Lindy brings to the table.

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1 hour ago, PASabreFan said:

11 just went from 6 to 8:45.

And now I hate what his username has become to me.

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Lindy Ruff did in fact interview... wanted the job, but the Sabres felt he was not the right fit.

 

Fascinating.  Ralph Krueger over Lindy Ruff.

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Botterill was just padding the numbers, so it looked like he did a thorough search.

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34 minutes ago, IKnowPhysics said:

Out of curiosity, all those that would have lost their ***** if the Sabres hired Lindy Ruff as Head Coach say "AYE."

In a positive or negative manner?

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2 hours ago, IKnowPhysics said:

Negative.

Completely agree.  I never interview anyone that is not “in consideration” for a position. Maybe you give a look to someone who on paper might not measure up to others but you want to see and hear them.   Otherwise it’s a waste of time.  Botterill taking time to interview a candidate that clearly would be a step back is a curious and concerning decision.   And I was a huge fan of his in the day.  Next to Scotty my favorite.  But no.

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I still wonder if the interview with Lindy was for the even that "they guy" JBot really wanted was a bit too green and needed some mentoring under an experienced HC (Executive Head Coach/Associate Head Coach arrangement).  For instance if they'd selected Epic Beard but wanted someone with North American HC experience.  If Krueger couldn't take the position other scenarios would have been in play.

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I think Lindy Ruff was a plan B option for when Tippet/Kreuger didn't come here.     And bless him for wanting to come back.

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13 hours ago, IKnowPhysics said:

 

Fascinating.  Ralph Krueger over Lindy Ruff.

Guess we know Botterill made the decision and not Pegula. 

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I would guess that Lindy's agent contacted the Sabres and JB interviewed him out of respect/courtesy but that it wasn't a real possibility.

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Any interest in Lindy as an assistant?  Safety valve if one or both of JBOT or HCRK flame out.

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1 minute ago, Tondas said:

Any interest in Lindy as an assistant?  Safety valve if one or both of JBOT or HCRK flame out.

no

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26 minutes ago, nfreeman said:

I would guess that Lindy's agent contacted the Sabres and JB interviewed him out of respect/courtesy but that it wasn't a real possibility.

I doubt Botterill is wasting his time during a HC search, FA, the draft, and Team Canada, to pay respect to Lindy just because he used to coach here

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No, he was more like the "safe school" you apply to as a high school senior.  You know you'll get accepted but it's not the school you really want to go to.  So if Tippett and Krueger and McLellan and... and... and... went elsewhere, you knew there'd be someone behind the bench come training camp.

I love Lindy and I know he loved his time with the Sabres, but I can also remember realizing it was time to move on and he needed to go.

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1 hour ago, LGR4GM said:

no

Is that personal interest or what you think would be the interest from Botterill?  I personally think it would be a great add, merely from an experience point of view. 

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24 minutes ago, DHawerchuk10 said:

Is that personal interest or what you think would be the interest from Botterill?  I personally think it would be a great add, merely from an experience point of view. 

I think it is a horrendous idea fraught with multiple problems. There are other ways of adding experience than bringing back a 17 year head coach to be an assistant. That is the exact opposite way to move forward. 

Why should we bring ruff back? What has he done since he left to show he has something to give? Experience for experience sake is not a qualification. 

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25 minutes ago, DHawerchuk10 said:

Is that personal interest or what you think would be the interest from Botterill?  I personally think it would be a great add, merely from an experience point of view. 

Would you hire your ex-wife to babysit the kids you had from your new Wife?

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33 minutes ago, DHawerchuk10 said:

Is that personal interest or what you think would be the interest from Botterill?  I personally think it would be a great add, merely from an experience point of view. 

Equally as illustrative, would you agree to do chores around your ex-wife’s house while her new husband took care of the important big picture items in their life?

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