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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Lindy Ruff Sent Packing After Dismal Season

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Ruff was dismissed after a 30 point drop in the standings, New Stars coaching candidates, Where might Ruff end up and what UFAs will be with the team next season

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After Thursday’s night game Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill made an appearance on the Ticket’s Postgame Show and was asked by co-host Bruce LeVine asked Nill what would be Coach Lindy Ruff’s status for next season and how would he evaluate the job that Ruff and the coaching staff did this season.

Nill replied “that it was my job to evaluate the the whole organization and to evaluate the situation. I have been evaluating all year and that different things happen and things change and there is a reason things happen. and I will sit down at the end of the year and talk about different things and make a decision moving forward.”

A pretty coy answer but looking at what happened yesterday he must have already made up his mind to not review Ruff’s contract as it was announced he will not be behind the Stars bench next season. Injuries made it hard to sustain the high risk offensive style that Ruff employs. Dallas had a 30 point drop in standings points from a year ago so it was time for him to go.

Jim Nill said the search for a new coach will begin immediately, and Dallas probably will land a bench boss with a more defensive history, (SportsDay DFW)

And who might some of the candidates be:

Mike Heika looks at the pros and cons of each coach. Ken Hitchcock and Gerard Gallant are available now. Kirk Muller would have to wait until the Montreal Canadiens playoff run ends. (SportsDay DFW)

Where might Ruff end up after his dismissal? Potential sites could be Boston, Los Angeles or his style of play could make a new Vegas team very exciting to watch. (The Hockey Writers)

With all the injuries to the big club the Dallas roster looked like a Texas Stars reunion with all the callups. Yesterday the team returned: Jamie Dickinson, Remi Elie, Denis Gurianov, Julius Honka, Mark McNeill and Gemel Smith back to Cedar Park. Justin Dowling is still injured and will be sent back when healthy. (Stars)

Dallas finisher with the 7th worst record and will have 5.812% chance of getting the 1st overall pick.

The Stars still have 3 UFAs on their roster these include Patrick Sharp, Ales Hemsky and Jiri Hudler. Which of these will resign with the team? Also a look at potential UFAs the Stars could go after. (SportsDay DFW)

Since Dallas is out of the playoffs this year here is a Dallas Stars playoff guide that has all the teams broken down and if they use any former Stars players or not and to see who to root for. (Blackout Dallas)

Texas Stars:

Texas had to borrow 3 players from the nearby Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL) just to field a full team to face the Charlotte Checkers. The team put a better effort in than Saturday’s blowout loss but still came up short 3-1. Defending Big D’s David Castillo with the recap. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)

Despite missing the playoffs for only the 2nd time in franchise history and finishing with a below .500 record it looks like Derek Laxdal will be back next season as the head coach. The Stars liked how he has developed the young talent so that they are ready when called up. (Wrong Side of the Red Line)


Yesterday was the end of the regular season and the final playoff seedings have all been set.

You can hear a playoff preview show here.

Detroit will be moving into a new barn next season and. since they missed the playoffs, yesterday was the final game in the Joe Louis Arena. (NHL)

Mike Modano will always be known as a Stars player but did have a cameo season with the Red Wings, He also grew up nearby Detroit shares some of his favorite memories of “The Joe” (Detroit Free Press)

Despite protests by PETA Red Wings fans threw 35 Octopuses on the ice during the last game. (Yahoo Sports)

In its ongoing lawsuit fight with former players and NHL over concussions. The League filed subpoenas on Friday for Boston university to produce evidence that concussions cause CTE.

“It is my strong belief that the NHL’s motion, if granted, could cause lasting damage to ongoing research on the long-term effects of repetitive trauma and on chronic traumatic encephalopathy,” McKee wrote. (Washington Post)

Another coach that could be on the hot seat after his team missed the playoffs is the Kings Darryl Sutter. (Yahoo Sports)

This Thursday will be the 20th anniversary of the Hartford Whalers moving to Carolina. It still pains the town that the Whalers couldn’t stay. (Hartford Courant)

Finally Brian Bickell scored his 1st ever shootout goal in his final game. Bickell is retiring due to complications with his MS.