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Report: Ruff Is Yzerman’s First Choice

Hockey Hall of Fame writer Jim Matheson had some interesting comments last night on where things stand between Lindy Ruff and Steve Yzerman as the Lightning GM searches for his next head coach.

The text of this piece may seem a bit contradictory in terms of whether or not Lindy is the guy Tampa wants.  The longtime Canadian sports journalist was kind enough to give me a further explanation just a few moments ago.

Matheson is "pretty certain" that Ruff is Yzerman's first choice.  However, there are some hangups that could nix the whole thing. 

Even if Ruff wants the job, which is no certainty, there is some debate on whether or not Tampa is willing to pay him the $2 million per season that he's still making on the deal he received from Terry Pegula.  My understanding is that Yzerman would have to make some sort of financial arrangement with the Sabres on that contract for this to work.

Despite his genuine interest in Ruff, it just may be easier for Yzerman to go the less expensive route with a guy he feels comfortable with in Jon Cooper.  We should find out soon enough.

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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003.  He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene.  Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.

Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo.  In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition.  After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.

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