"We did pick up his (one-year) option and will be talking to Lindy and Darcy (general manager Darcy Regier) about the future," minority owner Larry Quinn told a news conference. "Any notion that they're not going to be a part of the process, let's dispel that now."
Ruff, hired before the 1997-98 season, has a 483-379-122 record in Buffalo.
The Sabres won the Northeast Division this season but were eliminated by Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina. Editing by Alison Wildey)