The Dallas Stars’ General Manager Jim Nillannounced today that coach Lindy Ruff will not return as head coach for the 2017-18 season on their website.
“I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas,” said Nill. “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.”
Ruff’s ouster isn’t too much of a surprise after the team finished with a 34-37-11 season for 79 points and a sixth place finish in the Central Division. It was a far cry from last year’s first-place Central campaign in which Ruff coached the Stars to a 50-23-9 season.
The veteran coach, who had come to Dallas after 15 years in Buffalo, had just wrapped up his fourth season with the Stars yesterday after his team defeated the Avalanche 4-3 in a shootout victory. However, it wasn’t enough. Ruff finished his Dallas career with a 165-122-41 record.
The organization will immediately begin the process of hiring a new head coach.