Lindy Ruff is tanned relaxed and ready for a fresh start.
After 15 seasons behind the Buffalo Sabres bench the 53-year-old native of Warburg Alta. is about to embark on only his second stint as a NHL head coach this time with the Dallas Stars.
It will be a strange feeling for Ruff to coach the team that beat his Sabres in the 1999 Stanley Cup final with the controversial Brett Hull goal but the new beginning has Ruff excited.
"In some ways especially the initial first few games" answered Ruff when asked if after 15 years with the Sabres it will be strange to coach a different team. "But once you get by the first few games it should be fine. I actually think once we get by the exhibition schedule there should be a good deal of comfort."
Ruff will not be alone. After 19 seasons as part of the Detroit Red Wings management team Jim Nill 55 departed Detroit to become the new Stars general manager.
The team also has a new look to its uniforms and among the fresh...