With today’s signing of Alain Vigneault to the New York Rangers, there’s been talk of John Tortorella taking Vigneault’s vacancy with the Vancouver Canucks. That seems highly likely now as Torts will inherit an experienced and relatively older team in the Canucks.
The younger players in Dallas need a team where they can stay and grow for the long haul. Attracting some of the bigger name players is also drawn up in the formula. We’ve already see that start to happen with the signing of defenceman Sergei Gonchar. That being said, outside of the players, a leader is needed to guide them and make them want to stay. Someone to spark the team.
Lindy Ruff has had plenty of experience; helping guide the Florida Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final as an assistant coach, and we all know about his playoff career with the Buffalo Sabres head-manning the team. He also had assisting duties with Team Canada, winning Olympic gold in Vancouver. Like Tortorella, Ruff isn’t afraid of the media which is definitely going to be needed as they will be looking for anything to exploit the efforts of this young and rebranding team. Playing wise, he spent 11 years in the NHL both with Buffalo and the New York Rangers respectively. He knows what is needed in the locker room and the players know what is needed from them.
We don’t need a Cup next year. While it would be nice, we are in the midst of a young revolution if you will. We need somebody in the now to mold and shape a Cup contender. Give it a couple years.
GM Jim Nill has already spoken with Ruff last month at the NHL Draft combine in Toronto. Whether any more talks have been in the mix is left to be seen. Nill is patiently combing his options to make sure the next coach of the Dallas Stars is the right fit.
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