Lindy Ruff is out as coach in Buffalo, meaning the slow-starting Sabres have now become Ron Rolston's mess to clean up.

Rolston was promoted from the Sabres' minor league affiliate, AHL Rochester, to finish out the season as the club's interim head coach Wednesday.

The move was made hours after Ruff was fired amid criticism for the team's early-season struggles.

And it came less than a week after Ruff had defiantly said he wasn't done trying to "clean up this mess."