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Stars select Lindy Ruff as new head coach

Jun 21, 2013, 9:32 AM EDT

Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres works his 1000th NHL game against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on November 10, 2010 in Newark, New Jersey.
(November 9, 2010 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms with coach Lindy Ruff, according to Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika’s source.

Updated: The team has made Ruff’s hiring official.

This follows an interesting day in the Stars’ quest to find a bench boss to replace former head coach Glen Gulutzan.

Stars president and CEO Jim Lites asserted on Thursday that Ruff would be hired barring “unforeseen circumstances,” according to the Dallas Morning News. However, he later said that Stars GM Jim Nill hadn’t completed his process.

“I said it is Jim’s call, and I stick by that,” Lites said, referring to Nill. He later added, “I think [Ruff's] an incredible guy, a great candidate, and I think we would be very happy if he is the next coach of the Dallas Stars. But that’s not my call.”

Well, Nill has made the call and it matches up with Lites’ earlier assertion.

Ruff has a 571-432-78-84 regular season coaching record and he’s made it to the Stanley Cup Final once before, when his 1998-99 Buffalo Sabres were eliminated by the Stars in six games.

  1. areyouserious55 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Why is it a picture of Darcy Regier, for a story on Lindy Ruff?

    • areyouserious55 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Glad to see you changed the photo to the person the story is actually about.

  2. kantnockdahustle89 - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Why is there not a picture of Lindy Ruff?

  3. JDRDone - Jun 21, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    I’m pretty sure we all know what a grumpy Lindy Ruff looks like. If anything, we’re reminded that Darcy regier still has a job, which in and of itself is incredible.

  4. jonkchar - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    its funny how small the hockey world is, eh? Congrats to the Stars

  5. kgun80 - Jun 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Good coach, he got the most out of some pretty lackluster rosters.
    Good luck Lindy!

  6. oquintero99 - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Good hiring by the Stars. Let’s see how Dejardins (AHL club coach) reacts or becomes a candidate somewhere else.

  7. travishenryskid - Jun 21, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    “No goal!” – Lindy Ruff

    Honestly, this is just awkward.

  8. buffalomafia - Jun 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

    Good luck to Lindy Ruff!

  9. bufffalojoe - Jun 23, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Lindy is and will be missed in Buffalo, wish him all the best. The Sabres are a long ways from playoffs because the team was sold to someone blind! Hopefully Dallas can make a deal to get Darcy and Lindy back together for 16more years. At least then we may have a fighting chance with a new coach and new GM.

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