Sabres sign coach Ruff to one-year contract extension

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - Lindy Ruff, the longest tenured active coach in the NHL, signed a one-year contract extension with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ruff, 45, was hired as Sabres’ coach in July 1997 and is now signed through the 2006-07 season.

The franchise’s all-time winningest coach, Ruff has compiled a record of 256-244-78 with Buffalo. Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman is second in club history with 210 wins.

In only his second season as coach in 1998-99, Ruff guided the Sabres to their first trip to the Stanley Cup Finals in 24 years. They lost to the Dallas Stars, four games to two.

The Sabres are off to a 3-1 start this season after an overtime win over Pittsburgh on Monday.

Ruff also spent most of his playing career with the Sabres, appearing in 608 games to rank 11th on the team’s all-time list and serving as captain from 1987-89.

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Updated Tuesday, Oct 11, 2005