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Sabres retain coach Ruff for 1 more season

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -The Buffalo Sabres have picked up the one-year option on head coach Lindy Ruff's contract, which means he will be back for a 13th season.

Sabres minority owner Larry Quinn announced the move during a news conference Thursday, three days after Buffalo was eliminated by Boston in Game 6 of their first-round series.

With a 483-389-122 record, Ruff is the Sabres' winningest coach, and ranks 17th on the NHL list after moving ahead of former mentor, the late Roger Neilson, this past season.

Hired prior to the 1997-98 season, Ruff is the NHL's active leader among coaches with the same team. Since he was hired, there have been 154 coaching changes in the NHL, including New Jersey Devils coach Jacques Lemaire, who announced his retirement this week.

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