Lindy Ruff is the new coach of the Dallas Stars
After days of speculation, the Dallas Stars have made it official and hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach.
The team announced Ruff’s hiring Friday and scheduled an introductory press conference at American Airlines Center, according to the Associated Press.
Ruff coached the Buffalo Sabres for 15 seasons, before being fired in February. He was the winningest coach in franchise history with a 571-432-162 record, but was dismissed when Buffalo got off to a 6-10-1 start in the NHL’s lockout-shortened season.
This is the first major hire for new GM Jim Nill, who released a statement earlier today on the decision.
“One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time. It is clear from Lindy’s record, and from our own conversations, that we have found the right person to provide that stability and lead this club to the next level.”
This past season, the Stars missed the playoffs for the fifth year in a row and finished 22-22-4, last in the Pacific Division. Nill decided not to renew the third-year option for coach Glen Gulutzan, who was let go in May.
Ironically, Ruff was the coach who led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Stars in 1999, when Buffalo lost after Brett Hull’s controversial series-clinching goal. Ruff ended that season at a rally telling a frenzied group of Sabres fans that he had two words for the offseason: “No Goal,” CBS Sports reports.
While with the Sabres, Ruff made eight playoff appearances and now brings his winning experience to Dallas.