Here are a few former Battle of Ontario coaches available for consideration:
1. RON WILSON:
He's Canadian, but he can be American too. Just ask Don Cherry. While Ron wasn't able to find any success in Toronto, he is one of the winningest coaches in NHL history to never really win anything. This should help him fit into Ruff's office seamlessly.
Where to find him: In a foxhole with Brian Burke.
2. JOHN PADDOCK:
Things started out well for John in 2007/2008, with the Sens winning 15 of their first 17 games. He would go on to coach the all-star team for having the best record in the east, only to be fired exactly a month later for a string of poor games. For Buffalo readers, the all-star game is that thing Ryan Miller used to attend.
Where to find him: Assistant GM office in Philly on his phone playing Words with Friends.
3. JACQUES MARTIN:
Jacques only needs 8 more coaching wins to pass Bryan Murray on the all-time wins list. Which is right around how many wins Buffalo are projected to get the remainder of the season.
Where to find him: Running the "Jacques Martin Hockey School for Kids 7-17" where Buffalo's next three high first round picks could be training as we speak.
4. PAT QUINN
Has coached an early expansion era team (4, in fact). Check. He's won the Jack Adams. Check. And in Toronto he was fired by a stupid front office person who had overspent on mediocre talent. Check. I think this is your man.
Where to find him: Probably in a god-damned cigar shop in Yaletown... Sorry, that's all the info his wife would give me on the phone.