The Dallas Stars announced recently the hiring of their new Head Coach, Lindy Ruff. Most stars fans will be familiar with him from his time with the Buffalo Sabres. But most Stars fans may not realize he was a hockey player from 1979-1993, at which time he became an assistant on the Florida Panthers. He was an assistant for the Panthers until 1997, which he was then named the 15th head coach of Buffalo.
Ruff had a good run as the Sabres head coach, getting them to the Stanley Cup finals once, and numerous other appearances in the Conference finals. It was just because of the Stars he couldn’t win the Stanley Cup, and never could catch that “magic” that teams seem to find when it gets to the playoffs to make another Cup run.
Stars fans should be excited to have Ruff be the head coach; He has made eight playoff appearances as a Head Coach, and won the division twice. A positive factor for me is the fact he has shown loyalty and had a long 15 year run as the Sabres head coach. This team has made an effort to make sweeping changes within the franchise. There is a “new” attitude and culture change with the Stars organization and Ruff will put that to work on the Ice.
Fans may not see the changes immediately, but give Ruff a few seasons to get the players to buy into his system and start drafting “his” type of player and this team will turn around and be a contender. Bottom line is fans should be excited to see what the Stars can do going forward and be ready to fill the arena for the Stars.