The Buffalo Sabres have announced the firing of Lindy Ruff as their head coach. He will be replaced on an interim basis by Ron Rolston, the now-former head coach of the Rochester Americans.

Sabres fire head coach Lindy Ruff.

Sabres fire head coach Lindy Ruff.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Ruff was, until today, the longest-tenured active coach in the NHL, having been the Sabres bench boss for nearly 15 seasons, having coached them to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final, and winning coach of the year honors in 2006. Given the club’s struggles this season, as well as recent years, it was apparent something had to be done. The Sabres were spinning their wheels, and it was time for what some observers believe was a long-overdue coaching change. Given his lengthy resume, however, don’t expect him to be unemployed for long, either as a coach or an analyst.