Sabres give Ruff contract extension

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, Last Updated: 2:47 PM ET

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres have signed head coach Lindy Ruff to a multi-year contract extension.

Buffalo owner Terry Pegula announced the news at a Friday morning press conference.

The announcement comes three days after Ruff's Sabres, seeded seventh in the Eastern Conference, were dealt a first-round playoff ouster by second-seeded Philadelphia in seven games.

"I'm extremely excited," Ruff said. "Our goal is to win the Cup and I think we can win the Cup."

Ruff, the longest tenured coach in the league and winningest coach in franchise history, just completed his 13th season behind the Sabres bench. He guided Buffalo to the Stanley Cup Finals in just his second season of 1998-99, losing to the Dallas Stars in six games.

The 51-year-old Ruff has compiled a record of 526-418-132 in Buffalo. Ruff holds sole possession of second place in NHL history for most career wins with one franchise. His 526 wins are also the most by any coach with his first NHL team.

Ruff is the Sabres' all-time leader in playoff games coached (101) and wins (57).


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