Report: Devils to hire Lindy Ruff as head coach

July 08, 2020 - 6:38 pm

The longest tenured and winngest coach in Buffalo Sabres history is getting another crack at a head coaching job in the NHL. Lindy Ruff, who has served as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers for the last three years, is reportedly the new coach of the New Jersey Devils.

Ruff will become the 18th head coach in Devils history, taking over for interim coach Alain Nasreddine. Nasreddine took over after John Hynes was fired this past December.

The Devils are not necessarily built to win right away, but if Ruff can get the likes of Jack Hughes and Nico Hischier turned in the right direction, he'll have a shot to enter the top five in NHL history in wins.

Ruff is currently sixth in NHL history with 736 wins. He sits 46 wins behind the late Al Arbour and 113 wins behind retired coach Ken Hitchcock. If Ruff can get to a third season in New Jersey, he should catch both. However, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice is just seven wins behind Ruff and is six years younger.

In his last head coaching job, Ruff saw some success with the Dallas Stars from 2013-2017. In four seasons, Ruff made the playoffs twice, making the second round in 2016-17. He's been an assistant with the Rangers ever since.

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