Ruff guest-coached the team for a day in part because his son, Brian, plays on it. He said he's underatandably had more time to watch Brian play this year and impressed by what he sees:
"Any time you get to see your kids play, it's good … This is a good brand of hockey. It's a good step for him. But it's tough."
Ruff hasn't had much else to do so far this fall and won't for a while, as the league has canceled all games through the end of November. He's made a point, though, to spend more time in Rochester working with the team's AHL prospects playing for the Americans.
He said he occasionally speaks to his players, but they aren't allowed to say much during the lockout. But he knows they're staying in shape:
"They're pushing themselves so that when that 10-day, two week comes where we've got to be ready that we're going to be ready to go."
Ruff is at a loss when he's asked by fans about the lockout. He knows local business that depend on home games for revenue are suffering but said he doesn't have much to offer anyone concerning a resolution:
"I don't have a good answer when they ask the question, but I hope the two sides get it done … I know both sides would rather be playing."
The Junior Sabres' next game is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 30 against Mississauga at the Northtown Center, 1615 Amherst Manor Drive, Amherst.Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL