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Dallas Stars Hire Lindy Ruff as Coach

Bill Wippert/NHL(DALLAS) -- The Dallas Stars have hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach.

Ruff, the 12th-winningest head coach in NHL history, will become the seventh Stars coach in the franchise's history.

"One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement Friday. "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."

Ruff led the Buffalo Sabres to eight postseason appearances, including four trips to the Eastern Conference Final.

"I am honored to be joining the Dallas Stars organization," Ruff said in a statement.  "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."

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