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Report: Stars meet with Lindy Ruff, contact Alain Vigneault

May 26, 2013, 8:44 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

The Dallas Stars will look different in 2013-14, whether their new logo was really leaked or not.

They’ll need a new head coach after recently hired GM Jim Nill let Glen Gulutzan go. While Nill noted that he would run a thorough search, it sounds like it’s heating up, as TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that they’ve already had Lindy Ruff in for a meeting and have made contact with Alain Vigneault.

The latter situation could open up the door for an unofficial coach trade of sorts, as Dreger reports that Gulutzan is among the “stable” of coaches that the Vancouver Canucks are considering as Vigneault’s replacement.

While the front office is experiencing some dynamic changes, it’s worth noting that core players Jamie Benn, Kari Lehtonen and Loui Eriksson are under contract next season, so the team’s next coach could be in a promising position.

Especially if ownership allows Nill to take advantage of almost $20 million in estimated cap space …

  1. hockeyflow33 - May 26, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Why? I’ve never thought of Ruff or Vigneault as brilliant minds of the game. Why not try out someone new and see what they bring instead of re-hashing the same old guys?

  2. President Charles Logan - May 26, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Yeah Ruff only coached in one place for what? 14 years?? maybe longer? but nah , not a brilliant mind at all…… (note sarcasm)

    • desertfan - May 27, 2013 at 12:04 AM

      And Cups???

      • President Charles Logan - May 27, 2013 at 12:48 AM

        zero but hes a coach , he’s came close. find someone else more qualified to coach out of who’s possibly available this summer then get back to be desertrat

    • hockeyflow33 - May 27, 2013 at 12:29 AM

      Holding a job for a really long time while not accomplishing anything doesn’t really mean you’re great at it.

      I’m also curious why you think Joe Thornton stinks for not winning a Cup but apparently Lindy Ruff is a brilliant mind despite not winning one? Please explain.

      • President Charles Logan - May 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM

        it’s simple totally different situations , coach-player, no comparison……….next

      • hockeyflow33 - May 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM

        I guess I didn’t realize Cups were valued differently for coaches than they were for players

      • 19to77 - May 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

        Care to explain how, exactly, Charles? If anything, a coach not being able to win reflects more harshly on him than it does on a player. A player can only be as great as the team around him. A coach can make the team he has actively worse. John Tortorella’s been accused of that a lot lately. Even better examples – Michel Therrien and Terry Murray were each fired in the same seasons their teams went on to win the Cup. Coaching can make a Cup-capable team suck out loud, but one player can’t make a team win a Cup, no matter how good. Not Thornton. Not even Crosby.

  3. vanindeed - May 27, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    AV won’t be unemployed for long

  4. alswingman - May 27, 2013 at 3:18 AM

    Oh I get it. President Charles is the resident know it all. Fat kid living off his Mom’s welfare check has a hockey habit. Good one.

    • Habib Marwan - May 27, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Another good, insightful reply from swinger al , lol loser from Buffalo

  5. mattryannolan - May 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I wish the Stars would just throw a ridiculous amount of money at Scotty Bowman to try and get him to come back to the bench haha. Gotta like the Nill Bowman Redwing connection? One can dream right?

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