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20 Years After ‘Wide Right’, One Thing Hasn’t Changed

It was 20 years ago today that Buffalo lost a tough one, and by the narrowest of margins.  The Calgary Flames came into town and beat the Sabres 5-4 at Memorial Auditorium.  Rick Dudley was the Sabres head coach, and his assistant was a young and fiery up-and-comer named John Tortorella. 

Sabres fans and media were questioning the toughness of Dale Hawerchuk and Pierre Turgeon and the worthiness of their $500,000 salaries.  Buffalo media legend Ted Darling was in his final full season in the broadcast booth.  There were captaincy issues as Mike Ramsey had just replaced Mike Foligno, who was traded to Toronto.  The Sabres were an average team trodding along with 51 points near the end of January.

It so happens that there was another game that day, with a little bit more at stake, that was of interest to Buffalo fans, and for that matter people all over the world.

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Free Agent Ruff Could Draw Huge Interest

via Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

One of the most interesting potential free agents this summer could be Lindy Ruff. That’s right; if the Buffalo Sabres don’t sign their longtime coach to an extension, Ruff goes on the market and, depending on what happens with Dallas Stars centre Brad Richards who is likely to re-sign with his club, he could be the most sought-after free agent in the summer of 2011.

Ruff, like his GM Darcy Regier, has been forced to operate with one hand tied behind his back working for the cost-conscious Sabres. There are a number of teams that aren’t happy with their coaching and Ruff could write his own ticket if he is set free. In fact, he may even want to consider declining an offer from Buffalo just to test the market, figuring there are teams that would be willing to pay him more than he’d get from the Sabres. Should Ruff leave Buffalo, a solid candidate to replace him is former Sabre and current Anaheim Ducks assistant coach Mike Foligno.

 

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Mike Foligno With Memories Of His Wife

from Jeff Miller of the OC Register,

Scars are cut below both eyes, separated by a smashed nose that, in a fit of pure symmetry, also is as bent as a hockey stick.

This face fought its way through the NHL, and it shows. Every stitch. Through 1,075 games, dodging fists one shift, exploding in goal-scoring delight the next. Thriving on tough mixed with talent, old-school ice hockey straight from the 1980s.

Fought for 15 seasons the face did, through stops in Detroit, Buffalo and then Toronto, classic winter homes where they celebrate scars and the sacrifices and gashes that forged them.

But now the face is as still as granite, its carved animation frozen, as Mike Foligno ponders this question: Have you lived a day yet without thinking of his late wife?

“No, it hasn’t happened,” he says. “I don’t think it ever will, either. I don’t want to ever forget her. You can’t erase memories. You can create new ones, but you can’t erase memories.”

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