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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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SYF's avatar

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

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley 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 Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley 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

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 Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/16/13 at 01:11 PM ET

gowings's avatar

“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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