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Lindy Ruff has the itch to continue coaching 2 days after being fired by Sabres

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    FILE - In this Jan. 11, 2012, file photo, Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff talks with players during NHL hockey practice in Buffalo, N.Y. Ruff was fired on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, after the team's latest slow start to the season and amid growing criticism from the team's fan base. (AP Photo/David Duprey, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Feb. 29, 2012, file photo, Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff looks up behind his bench while playing the Anaheim Ducks during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Anaheim, Calif. Ruff was fired on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, after the team's latest slow start to the season and amid growing criticism from the team's fan base.(AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)The Associated Press

Saying he'll always call Buffalo home, Lindy Ruff maintains the itch to continue coaching two days after being fired by the Sabres following a 16-season run.

In making his first public statements Friday since being dismissed, the Sabres' winningest coach misses the job already, and loves the game too much to leave it.

Ruff grew emotional but also displayed a familiar sense of humor during a news conference at the Sabres' arena. He thanked the franchise and the four owners he worked under for giving him an opportunity.

His "biggest disappointment" was failing to deliver Buffalo a championship.

Ruff wasn't surprised to lose his job after Buffalo's 6-10-1 start. And he backed his players, saying they didn't let him down.

Ron Rolston has taken over as the Sabres interim coach.