Ruff road ahead for Team Canada at worlds

Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is happy to be back behind the bench. Photo by Stuart...

Former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff is happy to be back behind the bench. Photo by Stuart Dryden/Calgary Sun.

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:26 AM ET

CALGARY - Lindy Ruff ran the emotional gamut when he was fired by the Buffalo Sabres.

It even reached the point some days he didn't even want to watch games.

But even if you can take away the whistle, you can't take the coach out of the person, and Ruff jumped at the chance to guide Canada's entry at the 2013 World Championships.

"When you've been in it for that many years, in the grind for that many years, and all of a sudden you're out, that's a bad place to be. There's days you feel lost," Ruff said after the announcement was made Wednesday in Calgary.

"I want to coach. You're out of it a short time and you miss it. When you look at all the playoff races around and you're sitting on the outside, it's a hard thing to do as a coach."

From the time Ruff took the helm of the Sabres prior to the 1997-98 season through to his firing Feb. 20, there were 170 coaches fired throughout the NHL.


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