60-year-old American specialist Lindy Ruff will replace Alain Nasretdin as head coach of the New Jersey Devils, The Athletic reports.
Since 2018, Ruff has worked as an assistant to the head coach of the New York Rangers. Earlier for 16 years – from 1997 to 2013, he was the head coach of the Buffalo Sabers, and from 2013 to 2017 he headed the Dallas Stars, who under his leadership went into the playoffs twice, and showed at the regular season-best results in the Western Conference. In one of the seasons, “Dallas” managed to win 50 victories in the regular season, losing in 23 meetings, while scoring an average of 3.2 goals per game.
The penultimate season in “Dallas” ended for Ruff with disappointment in the series with “St. Louis Blues”, which “Stars” lost 6-1 in the seventh game of the first round of the playoffs. Already in the next season, which became the last for him, the team did not get into the playoffs at all. After his time in Dallas ended, Ruff got a job as an assistant coach at the New York Rangers in 2017.
In his 19 seasons as head coach, Ruff has a record of 736-554-78.