Ruff gets new deal despite rough ride

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

Lindy Ruff, the longest tenured coach in the NHL isn't going anywhere.

The Buffalo Sabres announced Friday they have given a multiyear contract extension to Ruff, whose job was thought to be in jeopardy at times during an up-and-down season.

The Sabres squeaked into the playoffs, finishing seventh in the Eastern Conference, and were eliminated in the opening round by the Philadelphia Flyers four days ago.

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

Ruff, the winningest coach in franchise history, will enter his 14th season behind the Sabres bench. He guided Buffalo to the Stanley Cup final in 1998-99.

The 51-year-old has a record of 526-418-132 in Buffalo.

Coaching kudos

Dan Bylsma, who guided the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 106-point season despite having to deal with injuries to stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, is one of three finalists for the coach of the year award, the NHL said on Friday.

Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators and Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks are the two others.

Trotz led the Predators to the playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven seasons, while Vigneault coached the Canucks to their best regular season -- 117 points -- since joining the NHL in 1970-71.


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