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Ruff, Lindy
Buffalo Sabres

The NHL's longest serving current head coach, Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres, edged out Peter Laviolette 155-154 in the closest Jack Adams Award voting since the trophy was first awarded in 1974. Ruff was the first Sabres coach to win the award since Ted Nolan in 1997. He led his club to a 25-point improvement over 2003-04 and set new team records for both victories (52) and points (110). The hard-working Sabres played an exciting, fast-paced brand of hockey, finishing in the top ten in team goals against (2.85) and goals scored (3.37). Buffalo's goal total of 281 was also the most scored by the club since 1994 and was achieved without placing a player among the league's top 60 scorers.

Ruff, Lindy