Originally posted on Next Impulse Sports  |  Last updated 6/21/13

It has taken a while, but the Dallas Stars finally have a coach. Today it was announced that the Stars have hired former Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff. Prior to being let go by the Sabres this season, Ruff was the longest tenured NHL coach. He was hired in 1997, took the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1999 where they lost to Ruff’s new employer the Dallas Stars. The Stars search for a new head coach has not been easy. They were turned down by Alain Vigneault so he could coach in New York City and they were outmaneuvered by the Edmonton Oilers for the services of Dallas Eakins.  Luckily for the Stars, Ruff was still without a job and was able to be coerced into coaching the young Stars. Even if Ruff wasn’t the first-choice for new Stars’ GM Jim Nill he definitely isn’t the wrong one. He is a proven coach who demands respect from his players and staff. In 1,165 games behind the bench in Buffalo, Ruff collected 565 wins. In 2006 he was the recipient of the Jack Adams Trophy, given to the league’s best coach. He also played for the Sabres from 1980-1989. Ruff steps into a pretty decent spot with Dallas. They have a young team that is close to breaking through. He also has a star in the making in Jamie Benn and a terrific two-way wiz in Loui Eriksson. The Stars have not been that bad the last two seasons under Glen Gulutzan. In fact, it could be said that it wasn’t Gulutzfan’s fault that he lost his job, but rather because Joe Nieuwendyk failed as a general manager. Gulutzan had his young Stars on the brink of the playoffs both years and it was speculated he lost his job because Nill wanted to hire ‘his’ guy — as is often the case when a new GM steps in.           Article found on: Next Impulse Sports

MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
One Gotta Go: NFL Legends (and Jose Canseco!) Have No Love For Captain America
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

The NFL is thinking about eliminating the preseason

Romo expected to miss 6-10 weeks with broken bone in back

Kaepernick explains why he is protesting national anthem

Dwyane Wade’s cousin shot and killed in Chicago

NFL tries to reduce kick returns, promptly causes more kick returns

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

San Francisco Giants inching closer to a record they really don’t want

Clint Dempsey undergoing testing for irregular heartbeat

Troubling details emerge from Jeremy Jeffress' DWI arrest

Chargers would welcome Joey Bosa if he signed contract

Falcons rookie Keanu Neal needs surgery on knee

Jerry Jones unhappy with Ezekiel Elliott's dispensary visit

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

Marshall’s first impression of Fitzpatrick: ‘He was terrible’

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Six worst quarterback situations in the NFL

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

A look at 2016 college football conference changes

NHL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Premier League notebook: The love affair at Man U

Heading into the homestretch: 2016 ROY favorites

One Gotta Go: NFL legends talking comedians is no joke

It's all about timing: The evolution of the clock in sports

Predicting the unpredictable: Your MTV VMAs rundown

10 great moments in the career of Roberto Duran

The 20 best boxing movies of all time

One Gotta Go: NFL legends bring the hate for fast food

What you need to know about the Champions League draw

Can the San Francisco Giants bust their teamwide slump?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker