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Lindy Ruff firing by the numbers

  • Since Lindy Ruff was named Buffalo's head coach on July 21, 1997, there have been 170 coaching changes in the NHL.

  • Ruff is the second-longest tenured coach in the four major professional sports leagues. Only Gregg Popovich, who began coaching the San Antonio Spurs in 1996, has been head coach of his team longer.

  • Ruff has 571 wins as head coach of the Sabres, second-most by a head coach with a single franchise, trailing only Al Arbour (740).

  • Ruff has more wins than any other coach with his first NHL team.

  • Barry Trotz is now the NHL's longest tenured head coach with one team, having been with Nashville since day one in 1998-99.