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Lindy Ruff Will Not Return as Dallas Stars Head Coach in 2017-18

The team begins its search for a new bench boss immediately.

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The Dallas Stars have made the inevitable official: Head Coach Lindy Ruff will not return to the team in 2017-18.

A multitude of factors sent the team from the 2016 regular-season Western Conference championship to a possible 2017 lottery pick. Undeniably, coaching was one of them, and in a results-oriented league, it’s the one that can be acted upon the most quickly.

Here’s the release from the Stars’ official site:

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that Lindy Ruff will not return as head coach for the 2017-18 season and the organization will immediately begin the process of hiring a new head coach. Ruff earned a record of 34-37-11 for 79 points as head coach with Dallas this season.

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas," said Nill. "Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice."