Today the New Jersey Devils have hired former Sabres and Stars Coach Lindy Ruff as Head Coach. Ruff has been working as an assistant for the New York Rangers since 2017. He takes over for Alain Nasreddine, who was named Interim Head Coach when John Hynes was fired in December.
New Jersey is currently not trending in the right direction after having a great offseason. They are currently slated to pick 7th overall in the upcoming draft. The Devils finished the year with 68 points in 69 games which is good for dead last in the Metropolitan Division. Their largest issues seem to be chemistry, defense, and special teams.
The Devils are hoping for Ruff to right this ship and turn things around while making a drastic improvement next season. This could be the move that turns the tide for a club that was coming off a first-round exit last season and a coming off a season where Taylor Hall had won the Hart Trophy as the league MVP.
After hiring Ruff they made a move in the front office removing the interim tag from General Manager Tom Fitzgerald. He had replaced Ray Shero who was also let go during the season due to the teams’ results. Word was they were looking for a GM but I assume Fitzgerald had done enough to prove to ownership that he was the man for the job.