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Stars hoping for return to ‘stability’ under Ruff

Jun 21, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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Stability is not a word that has been associated with the Dallas Stars the past few years. But with a new owner in Tom Gaglardi, a new general manager in Jim Nill, and, now, a new head coach in Lindy Ruff, the club is hoping the turbulent times are behind it.

“One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time,” said Nill in a statement announcing the hiring of Ruff. “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. His steady hand and experience will prove invaluable in returning our team as a top-tier contender in the NHL.”

Today, Ruff was introduced to reporters at a press conference, where he reiterated the stability theme and credited “an adaptability” for helping him become the longest-tenured head coach in the NHL (before he was fired by the Sabres in February).

“I’ve been through almost every type of circumstance, from being bankrupt, being run by the league, a defensive team, a top offensive team for a couple years, a Presidents’ Trophy team,” said Ruff, per Stars Inside Edge. “So there’s an adaptability there. I think first and foremost, it’ll be a relationship that Jim and I have that we create and the relationship with the management team and ownership of being all on the same page and that leads to stability.”

The Stars have missed the playoffs the past five seasons while playing for three different head coaches, Dave Tippet, Marc Crawford, and Glen Gulutzan.

  1. bigkniht37 - Jun 21, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    yeah looking for stability and for a playoff appearance so lets hire a guy who hasn’t made it out of the first round in a decade, and has missed the playoffs the last few. GENIUS!

    • krebsy34 - Jun 21, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      Stability or Stable can be defined as “not changing or fluctuating,” well let’s be honest here, Ruff was the second longest tenured head coach in all of pro sports (as stated in the video). If that isn’t the definition of being stable then I don’t know what is. Along with your misunderstanding of what stable means, you also seem to forget how long a decade is. A decade, which is 10 years long, would mean the Sabres haven’t made it past the second round of the playoffs since the 2002-2003 season. Which is weird because knowing your Sabres/Ruff facts, you would know that Ruff and the Sabres lost in the conference finals in two consecutive seasons (05-06, 06-07). A more accurate statement would have been “Ruff has missed the playoffs 4 out of the past 6 years.” Although this is true, Ruff’s only season that wasn’t a rebuilding year or years that the team was bankrupt and owned by the league that he didn’t make the playoffs was the 2011-2012 season (His last full season as Sabres head coach).

      Ruff and Barry Trotz were both hired in 1997, the next longest tenured coached in the NHL is MIke Babcock who was hired in 2005. If you want a coach that is going to last then Ruff or Trotz are the coaches to look at. They obviously know how to coach because both of them haven’t had the same players since 1997. As a Sabres fan it sucks that Ruff went to the Stars, but this past season was probably a good time for Ruff and the Sabres to part ways, unfortunately. That being said don’t be surprised if Ruff’s tenure as the Stars head coach outlasts both the tenure of Tortorella and Vigneault with the ‘Nucks and Rangers respectively.

    • stachowiakjp - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:42 AM

      Do your research, The Sabres made it to the Eastern Conference Final in 2006 and 2007 and was only one win away from The Stanley Cup Final in 06. If Jay McKee didn’t get a hurt they might have won that game and It’ll be The Sabres holding the cup instead of The Hurricanes.

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