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Breaking: Ruff to be new head coach in Dallas (Update: tap the brakes)

Jun 20, 2013, 2:18 PM EDT

Lindy Ruff AP

Breaking news from today’s Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon (sigh, we knew we should’ve been there) — Lindy Ruff will be the new head coach of the Dallas Stars, reports the Star-Telegram’s Travis Brown.

Stars president and CEO Jim Lites made the announcement, saying he shook hands with Ruff in the Dallas suburb of Frisco before coming to the lunch.

Ruff, of course, was fired by the Sabres in February. He had been the head coach in Buffalo since July 21, 1997, and was the longest-serving coach in the NHL. Four times he took Buffalo to the conference finals, advancing to the Stanley Cup finals in 1999 where the Sabres fell to the Dallas Stars in six games.

In 2006, Ruff won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach.

Update (2:32 p.m. ET)

Update (3:29 p.m. ET)

Related: Looking back at Ruff’s time in Buffalo

  1. oquintero99 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    Wow. Great signing by the Stars.

  2. ibieiniid - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:29 PM

    well Ruff getting a job took a lot longer than I thought it would.

  3. jacketsfan7 - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    This’ll be great cant wait Dallas

  4. stachowiakjp - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Well done Dallas. The next few years looks promising. Go Stars.

  5. einjzmolf - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Jim Lites apparently let this slip after one too many, not official (yet) according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News

    • einjzmolf - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Pardon, Jason’s on top of things has already updated. Oops!

  6. devilsarethebest - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Confused. If the President announces it isn’t it already a done deal. He wouldn’t just anounce it. Anyone care to explain?

  7. thedavesiknowiknow - Jun 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    He’ll get more out of that lineup than he did with the Sabres the last few seasons- particularly because I don’t think the Dallas lineup is nearly as interested in how good their hair looks while they coast. Good move.

  8. canucks30 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Oh, the irony.


  9. canucks30 - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:13 PM

  10. hazlydose - Jun 20, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    With Nill, Ruff, and Benn leading the way this team is on the rise.

  11. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    I don’t know how good of a sign this will be, if and when it happens. What has Ruff won in the NHL? He hasn’t won the cup. How many times has he brought his team to the SCF?

    • einjzmolf - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      The article states that he has been to the SCF 4 times

      • einjzmolf - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        ECF* 4 times, SCF once.

      • canucks30 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        It says he’s been to the CONFERENCE FINALS 4 times (1998,1999,2006,2007)

        He’s been to the Cup Finals once in 1999 against DALLAS. Hence the irony.

        As for what he’s won:

        He lost 1 SCF, 3 ECF, and failed to make the playoffs 7 times.

        He did lead Buffalo to a Presidents’ Trophy in 2006-07 and won the Jack Adams for coah of the year in 2005-06.

        He did win an Olympic Gold Medal as an assistant with Team Canada in 2010 but has failed when given the opportunity to be Team Canada’s head coach at the World Championships including this year.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:29 PM

      My point was that you’ve got to ask yourself these questions before signing a coach. One SCF since 1997. Is this the coach who’s going to make a difference?

      • imacdane - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        I’m sure the decision makers in Dallas never considered any of that. You should be the GM, if you ask me.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:19 PM

        Well! No one is asking you, and based on the recent history, there was not much good happening in Dallas except for Nill.

      • Windmiller4 - Jun 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM

        You gotta admit that Sabres roster has underachieved for years now. They needed someone new in there, i wouldn’t put all the blame on Ruff for that. The GM didn’t give him a ton of guys to work with outside of Vanek, Pommenville, and Miller. It will be interesting to see what he can do with a completely new roster

      • mattryannolan - Jun 20, 2013 at 11:03 PM

        This is such a stupid statement it’s unreal. I’m sure the Red Wings were idiots for hiring Babcock when they did because he had only been to the SCF once (and lost) at the time of his hiring. I’m sure Chicago is stupid for hiring Quenneville when they did because before the cup win in 2010 he had never been to the SCF. Just because he has been to one cup final since 97 doesn’t mean he’s a bad coach.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jun 21, 2013 at 6:04 AM

        mattryannolan, your reply to my post was the most predictable one. Of course you can’t always hire a coach that has won the SC, and grant it, Ruff has made it to the SCF. We’re talking here about a coach’s accomplishment spanning 13 years, whereas Babcock had 2 years experience in the NHL when he was hired by the Wings, and had one SCF appearance. He also guided Team Canada to gold medals at the 1997 world junior championships in Geneva, the 2004 IIHF world hockey championships in Prague and he guided the University of Lethbridge to a CIS national title in 1994. Now this is my definition of a winner.

  12. lesbuckets - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    I don’t know everything there is to know about hockey… but I do know this: if it is between Ruff and Tortarella, it’s not even close to me! You choose Ruff, and don’t look back. When Lindy had talent in Buffalo he was successful… then they couldn’t resign the Brieres and Drurys, and it was a constant rebuilding and developing. He lost his job because the fans lost patience, and the guys he had stopped listening to the same ole’ messages, kind of like when you stop listening to your parents or wives, when they are constantly saying the same things over and over.(whether they are right or not) Dallas would be wise to make this move, and the difference between Ruff and Torts is many, but it will always be easier to expect more from a team, lead by a guy who has been there and done that, than it is to listen to how you need to play tougher… from a guy who hasn’t. Not to mention is 5’6″, and 160 lbs. (“…he’s just a cute, little guy”)

  13. northstarnic - Jun 20, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Dallas doesn’t deserve Ruff. But glad he is off the unemployment line, high quality coach.

  14. billyhauntswizards - Jun 20, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    good signing by Dallas. With Nill at the helm this organization is going in the right direction.

  15. deezenucks - Jun 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    I have no interest in torts, his schtick has worn long thin and he coached a team about as far away from van as you can get. I really think Ruff would be a good fit, more aggressive then Alain but not to torts level. Get on if while you still can Gillis, you already lost Eakins and Stevens is not the answer!

  16. stachowiakjp - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    They would be fools if they don’t hire Ruff. Tortorella is the coach we want, but not the coach we need.

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