Lindy Ruff will be hired as the New Jersey Devils’ coach, the NHL Network reported on Wednesday.
The Devils are not among the 24 teams that will participate in the Stanley Cup playoffs. New Jersey (28-29-12, .493 percentage points) finished 14th in the Eastern Conference of 16 teams.
Fitzgerald previously stated that Nasreddine was considered to remain a coach, and the other candidates would have been Gerard Gallant, Peter Laviolette and John Stevens.
Ruff coached 19 NHL seasons, 15 for the Buffalo Sabers and four for the Dallas Stars, before being hired as an assistant by the New York Rangers on July 10, 2017. The 60-year-old is sixth in the history of the NHL with 736 wins and seventh in practice games (1,493).
Rangers participate in Stanley Cup qualifiers.
The Sabers qualified for the 1999 Stanley Cup final, a six-game loss to the Stars, in Ruff’s second season. He won the 2005-2006 Jack Adams NHL Coach of the Year award and was runner-up to Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks in 2006-2007 after Buffalo had his best NHL season ( 53-22-7, 113 points). . As assistant to Doug MacLean, Ruff helped the Florida Panthers reach the 1996 Cup final when they were swept away by the Colorado Avalanche.
Ruff scored 300 points (105 goals, 195 assists) in 691 regular season games and 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in 52 Stanley Cup playoff games for the Sabers and Rangers. He was captain of the Sabers for three seasons until he was traded to the Rangers on March 7, 1989.
After Fitzgerald succeeded Shero, Devils traded pending unrestricted free agent advocates Andy Greene (New York Islanders) and Sami Vatanen (Carolina Hurricanes), waiting for the UFA striker Wayne Simmonds (Buffalo Sabers), striker Blake Coleman (Tampa Bay Lightning), and UFA goalkeeper on hold Louis Domingue (Vancouver Canucks) and acquired four draft picks and five players, including forward Nolan Foote and Janne Kuokkanen’s hopes.
The Devils have a No. 7 pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and may also receive the Coyotes and Canucks first round picks.
There have been seven other coaching changes in the NHL during the regular season. Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators on January 6 and replaced by Hynes; Bruce Boudreau was fired by the Minnesota Wild on February 14 and replaced by Dean Evason; Gallant was replaced by the Vegas Golden Knights by Peter DeBoer, who was dismissed by the San Jose Sharks on December 11 (Bob Boughner); Jim Montgomery of the Dallas Stars on December 10 (Rick Bowness); and Mike Babcock by the Toronto Maple Leafs on November 20 (Sheldon Keefe). Bill Peters resigned as coach of the Calgary Flames on November 29 (Geoff Ward).