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February 21, 2013

RUFF DESCENT

Firing of Sabre coach just a matter of time, fans say

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Fry wants a younger coach, somebody new. 

”With guys that have been around, it’s the same old...same old,” he said.

Tony Weiland, the manager of Niagara First Impressions in Lockport got a text message from his wife about a minute after the announcement was made. 

”Lindy will go down as the greatest coach in Buffalo history, but it was time to do so (fire him.) Things need be changed,” Weiland said. “As a human being I always thought he was a great guy. He was very personable, very funny and he did a great job directing the team for a lot of years. Over the years, players have changed. His style of coaching was more geared to players of his generation. The younger players need a different motivation.”

”It was his time. I had mixed emotions. I was happy that the Sabres were making a move. At the same time, he’s the only coach I’ve ever know for the Sabres. It’s kind of a culture shock,” Anthony Weiland said.

Nick Roberto of Lockport gets to a few games and was not surprised.

”He needed to be fired,” he said. “It was a matter of time. He was a ticking bomb. We needed a lot of changes.”

“I am surprised,” said Lisa Manning of Clarence. “I thought it would have been awhile ago. Usually there’s a high turnover in coaches and they haven’t won in awhile. He hasn’t won any cups or anything.”

Bob Spencer of Lockport gets to five or six games a season.

”I’m happy  about that. It’s about time. They needed a change,” he said. “I think the change will help. The players will get together a little bit and the new coach will come in with a new direction. It’s a good thing.”

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