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Enroth: “Ruff Had Been Here Too Long”

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Jhonas Enroth didn't mince words when discussing how things for him have changed for the better since February.

According to Swedish media outlet Hockey Sverige.se, it's no coincidence to Enroth that he has played better since Lindy Ruff was fired:

“Ruff had been here too long. It was about time we brought in a new coach.”

Later in the piece, Enroth was asked about the differences between Ruff and interim coach Ron Rolston:

"Rolston has done great so far, but I have no idea if he will stay next year or how it will be. It will be interesting to see what happens in the summer.  Above all, it is nice to get a different voice in the locker room. Ron Rolston is a bit more personal and actually comes to talk with you.  Lindy was a bit more the rough type who screams at practice.  You could say that it was a bit "Old School" with Lindy.  It's nice not having to walk on your toes all the time.”

Enroth has flourished under Rolston and won both games as the man in net for the Sabres this past weekend.  He's also not the first player to bemoan Ruff's coaching personality and, given the fact that the ex-Sabres coach and captain plans to return to the game, probably not the last.

Quotes were translated through the use of online services from Google, stars21.com and Babylon.

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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

hmmmm, reminds me of someone…

I’m definitely, from a fans standpoint, not in the “Fire Mike Babcock” camp.  He’s got a helluva resume.

However, his temperment has been bemoaned by players in the past and as recently as last year when Franzen mentioned how much he loved playing the Worlds and that he can have “joy” playing the game.

As disjointed as the team seems 75% of the time, you have to wonder if the reason we keep hearing, the same thing, over, and over, and over, the same cliches, over, and over… maybe that’s accounting for some of the players level of play??

Same with Torts, it was him or Gaborik they traded their 40 goal scorer.

Lavoilette bounced around, wore out quickly.

Hell, even Hitchcock has been known for it and look how he’s bounced around since bring Dallas their cup.

These aren’t bad coaches or people wouldn’t keep hiring them, but they can’t keep getting results out of the same guys over an extended time.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/16/13 at 12:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

That leaves Barry Trotz with the longest current tenure with one team.

Posted by SYF from #GORDIEHOWEARENA on 04/16/13 at 12:30 PM ET

SYF's avatar

As a Habs player once said about a certain HHOF coach:  “For 364 days of the year, we hated him, but that one day we won the Stanley Cup, we loved him.”

Posted by SYF from #GORDIEHOWEARENA on 04/16/13 at 12:33 PM ET

Vladimir16's avatar

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/16/13 at 12:30 PM ET

When Franzen, the mouth breathin mule, talks I cover my ears and yell “nanananananana” until I see his mouth close….which is never, unfortunately

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 04/16/13 at 12:45 PM ET

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Posted by SYF from the bottom of a pint of Guinness on 04/16/13 at 12:33 PM ET

EXACTLY.  I personally am this way myself.  Most people find me stand-offish but I’m not a shit starter type.  Just efficient.

Unless you were in the military, most civilians don’t have an appreciation for that “warrior” mentality, just get it done.

A lot of people need the “feel goods”

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 04/16/13 at 12:50 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Jeebus, what’s next?  A Clinton-era “time out card” the next time a hardass coach gets too overbearing for a multimillionaire diva?

Holy fuch…

Posted by SYF from #GORDIEHOWEARENA on 04/16/13 at 01:11 PM ET

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“Unless you were in the military, most civilians don’t have an appreciation for that “warrior” mentality, just get it done. “

Agreed 100% I have been in the CDN reserve throughout my college years…maybe this is why I do not want to “hang” the coach like a lot of people….I understand that there are things that I don’t agree with and certainly having a new voice can definitely change the team dynamic..That being said, when an order in given you follow and you do your best. Whether you like your commanding officer or not (coach or not). Like you said….just get it done…

“When Franzen, the mouth breathin mule, talks I cover my ears and yell “nanananananana” until I see his mouth close”

Agreed. Now here’s someone that will not get through basic military training…

Posted by gowings from MTL on 04/16/13 at 01:29 PM ET

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