Lindy Ruff Fired by Stars After 4 Seasons as Head Coach

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2017

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 18:  Head coach Lindy Ruff of the Dallas Stars watches from the bench during the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on February 18, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Coyotes defeated the Stars 6-3.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Stars will not retain head coach Lindy Ruff after a disappointing 2016-17 season, the team announced Sunday.

Dallas finished 34-37-11 for 79 points in Ruff's fourth year with the team—good enough for sixth place in the central division.

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas," general manager Jim Nill said. "Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice."

The Stars had reached the Stanley Cup playoffs twice in Ruff's four years with the organization, winning just a single postseason series. The team led the Western Conference with 109 points last season but only reached the second round before falling to the St. Louis Blues.

Aside from the strike-shortened 2012-13 season, the 79 total points this year were the fewest for the franchise since 1996.

The 57-year-old coach spent the previous 15 years with the Buffalo Sabres and has 736 total wins in 1,493 career games.


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