Lindy Ruff, former captain of the Buffalo Sabres, was hired as coach of the team. He replaces Ted Nolan, the NHL coach of the year, who refused a one-year contract extension.
Ruff, an assistant with the Florida Panthers since the 1993-94 season, received a multiyear contract. General manager Darcy Regier cited a relationship with Ruff that went back 20 years, something he did not have with Nolan.
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