NHL Notes: Sabres fire Ruff; name Rolston interim coach

NHL Notes: Sabres fire Ruff; name Rolston interim coach
February 20, 2013, 4:00 pm
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The Flyers take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in what should be a heated contest (see story). Here are some other stories from around the NHL.

Sabres fire Ruff

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Ron Rolston will finish out the season as the Buffalo Sabres interim coach, taking over hours after Lindy Ruff was fired Wednesday amid growing criticism for the team's slow start.

Rolston was in his second season as coach of AHL Rochester, the Sabres' minor-league affiliate. And he has long-tenured shoes to fill in replacing Ruff, who became the franchise's winningest coach over 16 seasons.

The change comes a day after the Sabres were booed off the ice during a 2-1 loss to Winnipeg, and after Ruff had finished overseeing a 90-minute practice in preparation for Buffalo's game at Toronto on Thursday.

General manager Darcy Regier called the team's lethargic performance during the loss to the Jets as "a tipping point." And he added that discussions to fire Ruff had begun earlier in the day.

The Sabres (6-10-1) have gone 4-10-1 since opening the season winning their first two games.

Regier went to Ruff's home to inform the coach of the decision. He then allowed Ruff to visit with players as they boarded a bus to travel to Toronto.

Rolston was scheduled to arrive in Buffalo on Wednesday evening and then join Regier in traveling to Toronto for his first meeting with the team. Regier said he'll use the remainder of the season to determine whether Rolston deserves taking over the job on a full-time basis (see full story).

-The Associated Press

Devils' Carter out against Washington

According to NHL.com, via ProHockeyTalk, Ryan Carter will miss the Devils' next two games, which are being played Thursday and Saturday, both in Washington.

Carter suffered a head injury during the Devils' 2-1 loss on Monday to Ottowa.

However, the team has not yet said whether Carter's head injury is in fact a concussion.

Ducks sign Fasth to extension

The Anaheim Ducks signed Viktor Fasth to a two-year, $5.8 million contract extension on Wednesday, rewarding the Swedish goalie for his 8-0-0 start to his first NHL season.

Fasth earned a new contract after just nine unbeaten appearances with the Pacific Division-leading Ducks, who have the NHL's second-best record at 12-2-1. He'll make $2.4 million next season and $3.4 million in 2014-15.

"You always try to do your best and play your best, try to help the team as much as you can," Fasth said in a phone interview. "That's what I've been trying to focus on, and that's what I have to keep doing, to do my part."

The Ducks signed the 30-year-old Fasth to be Jonas Hiller's backup last summer after a stellar pro career in his native Sweden, outbidding other NHL teams with a $1 million, one-year contract.

-The Associated Press

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