largegarlic wrote: Idoit40fans wrote:
:scared: Ruff to Dallas
Can anybody explain why Ruff is taken to be a really good coach? I don't mean this in a snarky way at all; I'm just curious. When we were all speculating the Bylsma would get the boot, a good many people proposed Ruff a replacement. As far as I can tell, Buffalo had decent talent during Ruff's tenure, and Ruff got decent results...nothing that screams "coaching genius" on the surface of things. I appreciated that Buffalo, for the most part under Ruff, played an up-tempo, end-to-end style that was fun to watch, but that's about it.
Ability to adapt and unite players into a wholesale system.
Think to late 90's Sabres: defensive minded, limited game breaking ability and offensive creativity. Helped mold a strong backchecking team that did a good job removing rebounds from the offensive team to reduce possession time.
Fast forward to post-second lockout: One of the top coaches to adapt to the "new NHL" and molded a team of small, fast, skilled players to play an up-tempo style that utilized puck-movers (see: emergence of Brian Campbell and his meteoric rise) from the back end to make stretch passes. Would have gone to 2006 Finals if 5 of 6 d-men weren't hurt in Conference Finals vs. Carolina.
Does a good job of generating offense through a quality PMD (Zhitnik, Woolley, Campbell, Ehrhoff), creates a good amount of goals from his back line.
Stubborn and stuck in his ways. Maybe not the best in terms of in-game adjustments. Not sure about his communication ability, I've heard mixed reviews. Maybe not the best in terms of youthful development.
Lindy was a ham n' egger when he played. Pretty rough skater, no particular puck skills, but a hard worker that did well defensively. He played defense and left wing. But was a great team guy...named captain at some point or another. And he likes to keep a player or two like that handy, at least to some degree. Jochen Hecht comes to mind past his expiration...