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“I think he can coach any kind of team from what I understand. He’s had all kinds of clubs. I mean if you coach 14, 16 years, whatever it was in Buffalo, you’re going to end up with different types of teams. He was successful there throughout his tenure. … A lot of people have been disappointed in some ways that perhaps the NHL has devolved into the clutch, grab, prison rules hockey league that it was prior trying to open things up and clean it up a little bit in terms of calling the actual rules in the rulebook. I think that being said, talent and speed and smart players is always going to be the hallmark of a successful club. It’s like Dolly Parton’s bra. His job is to round them up and point them in the right direction.”
Daryl Reaugh, the color analyst for Dallas TV, on the type of team Lindy Ruff will have. More from Reaugh via the Dallas Morning News.
With Nill and Ruff, with Sergei Gonchar and a couple of free-agent center signings (Florida’s Stephen Weiss? Detroit’s Valtteri Filppula?), with the growth of young prospects, not to mention four picks in the top two rounds of the coming draft, the Stars may not be hoisting the Cup anytime soon. But they should at least become a part of the 16-team tournament that leads to that magical event.
-Tim Cowlishaw on the Dallas Stars. Read more at the Dallas Morning News.
WGRZ is streaming the Ruff press conference, watch below...
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the team has hired Lindy Ruff as the 22nd head coach in franchise history and the seventh in Dallas Stars history.
The club will hold a press conference today (Friday, June 21) at American Airlines Center to introduce Ruff as head coach. It will take place at Noon in the interview room directly across from the Stars' dressing room with sandwiches and refreshments being served right after the press conference. Media may park at the AudiPark Garage and enter through the Administration Entrance (on the north side of the arena). Both Nill and Ruff will be at the press conference....
"One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time," said Nill. "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."
added 9:55am, Full press release is below...
via the Star Telegram,
The Dallas Stars are in the process of hiring Lindy Ruff as the team's next head coach, Stars' president Jim Lites said at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday at the Colonial Country Club.
Lites said he shook Ruff's hand in Frisco as he walked to his car to head to Fort Worth, saying that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Stars would sign Ruff.
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Alain Vigneault, one of the top candidates for the Rangers' coaching job, was in New York on Friday, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com.
With the whole Rangers front office en route to the East Coast from California, it's believed Vigneault was in New York to meet with team owner James Dolan.
A team spokesperson and spokesperson for Dolan declined to comment when reached via email Friday night.
Vigneault met with the Rangers earlier this week in La Quinta, Calif., during the team's organizational meetings and made a strong case for himself to succeed the recently dismissed John Tortorella.
However, even if the Rangers choose to offer Vigneault the job, he might have a tough choice to make.
Multiple sources told ESPNNewYork.com that Vigneault is a top candidate for the vacant coaching job with the Dallas Stars. He interviewed with general manager Jim Nill before flying to California to meet with the Rangers.
Another name competing for the Rangers' job is one of their own -- Mark Messier.
“I am very excited because I know they are going to be doing everything to make sure the team is going to be turned around and move forward, and the team is going to be better next year. I feel like the organization is going to improve the team over the summer, and I am really excited to be part of it.”
“My priority at this stage of my career is to really have a chance to win every night. You want to be on a team that is competing every night, trying to win every night and has a chance to make the playoffs and go far in the playoffs and win a Cup. I just don’t want to sign and be somewhere where you make your money and you be happy. The most important reason I signed with Dallas is because after I talked to them I find out they are going to sign more players, they are going to improve the team and they are going to do whatever it takes to make that next step. That’s what made me sign with them.”
-Sergei Gonchar on signing with the Dallas Stars, via Mark Stepneski of the Dallas Stars website.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed defenseman Sergei Gonchar to a two-year, $10 million ($5 million per season) contract through the 2014-15 season.
"Sergei is a high-end offensive defenseman who can quarterback a power play and help generate offense from the blue line," Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill said. "Sergei has had an impressive NHL career and has been a big contributor to Ottawa's offense over the last three seasons. We are excited to see him continue his career here in Dallas the next two years."
The Dallas Stars have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract with defenceman Sergei Gonchar, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.
The deal is pending the completion of signed paperwork.
The Stars acquired Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators on Friday in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in this year's draft.
Dreger reported that Gonchar's agent, JP Barry, was given permission to find a trade partner for Ottawa when the Senators decided not to re-sign the veteran defenceman. KHL interest accelerated the process for Gonchar, who will likely agree to a two-year deal with the Stars.
FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired the rights to defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound blueliner from Chelyabinsk, Russia spent the last three seasons with the Ottawa Senators, appearing in 186 games and posting 91 points (15G-76A) with 101 penalty minutes. Amongst NHL defensemen in 2012-13, Gonchar was tied for fifth in assists (24) and shared 12th in points (27). He led Ottawa defensemen in scoring and ranked second on the team with 27 points (3G-24A) and first on the club in total assists.
OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today the team has traded the rights to defenceman Sergei Gonchar to the Dallas Stars in exchange for a conditional sixth-round draft pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
“We thank Sergei for his efforts in Ottawa,” said Senators general manager Bryan Murray. “We felt that this trade will give Sergei the opportunity to extend his career in the NHL and we wish him success with the Stars.
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