Hired officially as the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils, Thursday, Lindy Ruff says it is delighted to find such a job in the national hockey League.
“I’m excited to get back in the main chair and guide the future of this team, he commented by way of a press release, following its appointment. This is a fantastic opportunity to lead a group of young and talented people to the next level.”
Becoming the 19th head coach in the history of the Devils, Ruff is called in to replace the Quebec agreement, Alain Nasreddine, who had himself taken the helm of the team at the beginning of the month of December after the dismissal of John Hynes.
In the case of Ruff, he worked as assistant coach with the New York Rangers for three seasons, first with Alain Vigneault, and then more recently with David Quinn. It was principally advocates the training of new york city. Earlier in his career, Ruff has led the Sabres in Buffalo for a little over 14 seasons before finding himself at the helm of the Dallas Stars for four years, from 2013 to 2017.
Tom Fitzgerald confirmed
In addition to name Ruff, the formation of the New Jersey has also confirmed Tom Fitzgerald as general manager of the team. It was already DG by acting with the Devils. He had taken over for Ray Shero, thanked last January.
“Tom and I are going to sit down together and build a plan for the coaching staff and I’ll start to familiarize myself with the players,” added Ruff. I look forward to bringing together this core, to develop our players and put us on a path that can lead to sustainable success.”
Ruff dare to even dream of playoffs and Stanley cup. Since the beginning of his coaching career, the 60-year old man has reached the grand final once, in 1999 with the Sabres. Despite the prowess of goaltender Dominik Hasek, the club of Buffalo had lost in six games against Dallas.
On the side of Nasreddine, the future of the former player of the national League with the Devils seems to be nebulous. The man, 44-year-old had obtained the position and has maintained a record of 19-16-8 in 43 parties behind the bench.
“He has grown up with this role. He has done a very good job,” said Fitzgerald about the Quebecers during a videoconference.
The DG added that Nasreddine was still under contract with his team, but has not specified what role he will hold in the future.
Ruff will have the opportunity to make one of his deputies, if it so desires and if the Montreal native hopes to return in this position.