Sabres agree with coach Ruff, GM Regier on new contracts

BUFFALO, New York (Ticker) - The Buffalo Sabres on Thursday agreed to terms with coach Lindy Ruff and general manager Darcy Regier on multi-year contracts.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

Ruff and Regier have been the architects of building a team that has reached the Eastern Conference finals in each of the last two seasons.

But despite winning a franchise-best 53 games and capturing the Presidents’ Trophy for the first time in club history this past season, the Sabres had a disappointing finish to their campaign. Buffalo lost in five games to the Ottawa Senators in the conference finals.

Ruff is a finalist to win his second straight Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s Coach of the Year. He is the franchise’s all-time winningest coach, posting a 358-289-71 record over nine seasons.

Ruff also has a franchise-best 52-36 postseason record, leading the Sabres to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1999. Buffalo also has made the conference finals four times under Ruff.

Regier has been the club’s general manager since 1997. He widely has been credited with leading the franchise through its lowest point in 2003, when the Sabres were without an owner and forced to declare for bankruptcy.

During his tenure, Regier has built the Sabres into an exciting team to watch. Buffalo led the league with 308 goals this past season.

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Updated Thursday, Jun 14, 2007