That's the time for Lindy Ruff to beat. Ruff was fired on Wednesday afternoon by the Buffalo Sabres and, if he wants, won't have to wait long to start working again.
With such an experienced and respected coach on the market, it's possible that his availability could expedite a coaching change elsewhere.
"He'll get an opportunity if he wants to very quickly," said an emotional Darcy Regier during Wednesday's press conference. "He'll have lots of opportunities."
His firing in Buffalo is proof that nobody is untouchable and a slow start comes with consequences. So where should the head coach be nervous with Ruff now available?
Here are five options:
1. New York Islanders
When the GM has to make creative trades just to make sure the team remains above the salary floor, it's hard to pin a lack of success on head coach Jack Capuano. But the Islanders have been plagued by inconsistency this year, looking great one game and like a lottery team the next. A veteran hand like Ruff might steady a young team, if they're not too cheap to hire him.
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