It’s far from a secret that the Dallas Stars have (finally) hired a new head coach after firing Glen Gulutzan last month. Enter Lindy Ruff, former head coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Fired just a month into the post-lockout season, long before the Sabres had even a fighting chance to get off the ground, Ruff’s run as the NHL’s longest active-serving coach with one team ended quite abruptly.
But 15 years and no Cup is enough to push any organization to the brink of insanity. And now welcome the increasing mystery of the Stars’ decision to not only pick him up, but sign him on as the team’s top dog for the next four years.
The Sabres haven’t been a stranger to the playoffs though, and have participated in them much more recently than Dallas, even if the runs ended in the first round. So that’s got to be the organization’s motivation behind this decision, right?
So what is it the 53-year-old can really bring to the table for Dallas?
Checking out the Dallas Stars press release, you’ll find everything you’d expect. His success, his stability, his experience. It even cites Ruff’s firing from Buffalo as his “departure” from the Sabres organization. So what’s not to love? Right?
You tell us.
What do you think Lindy Ruff will bring the Stars as head coach?
- Playoffs for the first time in too long (50%, 11 Votes)
- Age and wisdom the team has been lacking (27%, 6 Votes)
- A Stanley Cup (14%, 3 Votes)
- Nothin but a lotta heartache (9%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 22