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It's official: Stars hire Lindy Ruff as coach

By John Vogl

One of the Sabres' exes lives in Texas.

The Dallas Stars have officially named Lindy Ruff as their next head coach, following up on statements made Thursday by President Jim Lites that a deal was imminent. The Stars and General Manager Jim Nill will introduce Ruff at a 1 p.m. news conference.

“I am honored to be joining the Dallas Stars organization,” Ruff said in a statement released this morning. “After speaking at length with Jim Nill, it was clear that all the right pieces are coming together to return this club to the upper-echelon of the NHL. I look forward to leading its resurgence.”

Said Nill: “One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time. It is clear from Lindy’s record, and from our own conversations, that we have found the right person to provide that stability and lead this club to the next level. His steady hand and experience will prove invaluable in returning our team as a top-tier contender in the NHL.”

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John Vogl

John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

@BuffNewsVogl | jvogl@buffnews.com

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