BUFFALO, NY - The Dallas Stars officially announced Friday that Lindy Ruff is their new head coach.
Ruff was introduced during a 1:00 news conference .
In a statement on the Stars' website, General Manager Jim Nill said, "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."
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier was asked about the report by Channel 2's Adam Benigni. Regier says he is aware that Ruff was interviewing with the Stars and would be happy for him if it worked out.
He also acknowledged that it would be ironic for Ruff to coach the team that beat the Sabres during the 1999 Stanley Cup Finals.
That series ended on the infamous "No Goal" by Brett Hull.
The goal came in the third overtime of Game 6.