How serious are these rumors about fan favorite, Ted Nolan, coming back to coach the Sabres? Ruff’s contract ends after this year, and he has a friend in Columbus.The Blue Jackets fired their head coach, Dave King, this past Tuesday. He will be replaced by the president and GM Doug MacLean for the rest of the season. Well rumor has it that he was waiting for Lindy Ruff to get fired before he fired King, but since Ruff will most likely not be fired this season, he decided that King had to go. MacLean and Ruff go back to when both of them were part of the Panthers organization where they formed a very good friendship. It has been said that he is just keeping the seat warm for Ruff until next year, after Ruff’s contract ends. *By the way, Ruff has become a bad coach.*
The Sabers prospective owner, Mark Hammister, has said that he plans to “work with” coach Lindy Ruff, and GM Darcy Regeir to make the team a better team, but the media is not buying it. Hammister really seems to care about the fans and what they want. He has stressed repeatedly that he wants suggestions from the fans so he can make them happy, and we all know that the people of Buffalo love Ted Nolan. The local media has jumped on the bandwagon and basically said, “Hammister will fire Lindy Ruff, possibly Regeir, and sign Ted Nolan as the new head coach.” The local media has never even thought about Ted Nolan actually coming back until Hammister was told he would be the new owner. Maybe they know something that we don’t.
Now these are just rumors, but I sure would buy a ticket to the first home game that had Ted Nolan behind the bench along with another 16,000 other people.