Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 10/30/14

BUFFALO, NY - NOVEMBER 06: Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Buffalo Sabres looks on during the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at HSBC Arena on November 6, 2009 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
During his opening statement of Friday's press conference at American Airlines Center to officially introduce Lindy Ruff as the new head coach of the Dallas Stars, club general manager Jim Nill rattled off the criteria he had used in determining who would replace Glen Gulutzan behind the Dallas Bench. Here's a breakdown of those criteria and how Ruff fits each of them to a tee, making him the perfect fit to turn around things for the Stars, who haven't been to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2008. Experience Ruff not only has a solid NHL resume from his 13-year career as a player, but he has also been a coach in the same league for nearly two decades now. Before his nearly 15-year run in Buffalo came to an end in March, he had led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Playoffs eight times, including three trips to the Eastern Conference Final and one to the Stanley Cup Finals, where Buffalo would lose in 1999 to the Stars in somewhat controversial fashion depending on which...
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