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Lindy Ruff | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (54) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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Dallas wants to generate more shots on the power play.
The Stars have 106 shots on 106 power-play attempts. Last season, the club was fourth in the league in power-play shots with 463 over 290 opportunities. "That's something that we've recently tried to fix, and we've gotten better, a lot better," coach Lindy Ruff said. "We had a good power play early, but it was a one-shot power play — the 'perfect' shot. Now, we're doing a better job of getting pucks to the front and getting some second opportunities." Dallas currently ranks 24th in the league in power-play efficiency this season. Dec 19 - 10:18 AM

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Lindy Ruff was not impressed with his team's effort in Saturday's 5-2 loss to Colorado.

"I thought we were embarrassed tonight," Ruff said. "What we did with the puck tonight, and how many turnovers we had, that was pathetic." The Stars have now lost two games in a row and are 3-4-1 in their last eight games.
Nov 30 - 11:00 AM

Dallas will begin a five-game homestand on Tuesday versus Carolina.

"This will be the biggest point in the season come Tuesday," coach Lindy Ruff said after 6-2 loss Sunday to Chicago. "We've got to make a stand." The Stars own the second-worst home record in the league (1-4-4). The team has been falling apart during the third period and in close games, which aren't positive signs. Dallas has the talent to be a threat in the Central Division, but they've been largely disappointing so far in 2014-15.
Nov 18 - 10:16 AM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff wants to cut down on the amount of shots that the Stars allow per game.

The club ranks 26th in the league in average shots against per game (34.3). Dallas is trying to break in some youngsters on the back end, with Kevin Connauton and Jamie Oleksiak. Jyrki Jokipakka is also expected to get a chance to play at some point. Obviously, the forwards have to do their jobs defensively as well, but the defense of the Stars has been on the hot seat since the start of training camp.
Oct 24 - 11:23 AM

Dallas Stars' head coach Lindy Ruff thought his team played "stupid, garbage" hockey in Dallas' 6-5 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday.

"We played stupid hockey, lack of focus," Ruff said. "You play like that, you deserve to lose." The Stars had a 4-2 lead heading into the third period, before losing the game in overtime. Ruff was clearly frustrated by the team's lack of defensive awareness and rightfully so. The Stars have plenty of skill, but they will have to be better in their own end if they want to be considered elite.
Oct 19 - 10:34 AM

Rival general managers are looking to the Dallas Stars as a strong team going into the 2014-15 campaign.

"It's no surprise to anyone in the Western Conference that watched Jim Nill and his staff quietly weave his magic in Detroit ... that the same culture of excellence is evolving quickly in Dallas through solid drafting and astute trades and FA signings," one Western Conference GM said. "Another contender in the West." An Eastern Conference GM separately predicted Dallas is "ready to take a leap in with the big boys." Stars GM Nill acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators and signed Ales Hemsky over the summer.
Sep 9 - 8:42 AM

The Dallas Stars are comfortable heading into training camp with the group they have.

Stars GM Jim Nill said Monday morning that the team did not invite Raphael Diaz to training camp even though they could probably use some right-handed defenders. "They've worked hard and they deserve the opportunity," Nill said. "Why wouldn't we go with our own guys, they've earned it. We have six (exhibition) games, and we want to use them wisely. We have a lot of decisions to make." After Dallas signs Brenden Dillon, the club will have six blueliners on one-way deals.
Sep 8 - 4:08 PM

Dallas coach Lindy Ruff doesn't mind the use of advanced stats, but it won't stop him from reacting to what he sees during games based on his years of experience.

"I like looking at those numbers. I like looking at scoring chances. I like looking at our entries and the other team's entries," said Ruff. "There are a lot of things you look at after the game on the video to confirm what you've seen. But I also know that when I'm watching a game, I know a player's last five shifts and I know what he's been doing and I can assess quickly how I want to use him. Information is always good _ accurate information _ but I also know that watching the game and reacting to what's going on, it's tough to react in a timely manner and use information at a time when you might need it most. I think you have to have a combination of preparation with the information and then the ability to react during a game." Several NHL teams have talked openly about the use of analytics this off-season and its value to player assessment.
Aug 4 - 11:29 AM

Count Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill among those that have embraced analytics.

The Stars evaluate go over each of their games using Corsi and a number of other statistics. "If it's a number you get out of right field, I think it's great for analyzing that," Nill said. "Why such a difference? If the numbers are closer, now you've got more of a comfort level to say, 'OK, yes. There's something here. We made this decision as a staff and the numbers back it up.' It's a lot easier to make a decision then." Nill feels that advanced statistics have room for improvement, but he also acknowledged that they've already progressed immensely compared to where they were 10 years ago.
Jul 31 - 9:54 AM

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is hoping to see solutions to the team's defense come from within the organization.

"I'm excited about our defense," Nill said. "We've got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we've got lots of different options. We know they’re all going to get better. We think we're going to be just fine." Nill chose instead to put his energy into bolstering the team offensively by trading for Jason Spezza and signing Ales Hemsky.
Jul 6 - 9:16 AM

The Dallas Stars loaded up on defensemen in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

The Stars took seven blueliners with their nine picks. Director of amateur scouting Joe McDonnell downplayed that fact by claiming it was just how the draft played out. "We wanted the best player every pick and it just happened to work out that it happened to be a defenseman," McDonnell said. Stars GM Jim Nill doesn't mind it though, arguing that teams can never have enough defensemen in their organization.
Jun 29 - 10:27 AM

The Dallas Stars did attempt to add a big-name center, but couldn't find one that wanted to play for them on the trade market.

Joe Thornton and Jason Spezza weren't interested in waiving their no-trade clauses to play for Dallas. In the case of Thornton, it sounds like he simply won't accept a trade at all. If the Stars are committed to adding a center, they might pursue Paul Stastny once he hits the free agent market.
Jun 29 - 10:24 AM

Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill believes that the AHL Texas Stars' success will eventually carry over to the NHL club.

The Texas Stars have a 2-1 series edge in the Calder Cup Final and posting the best record in the Western Conference for the second straight season. "You have to build through the draft and grow your players, so you have to have the organizational structure to do that," Nill said. "Having been close in Detroit, I know how much location matters. These players need to know you're watching. They need to know you're watching when they do good things; they need to know you're watching when they do bad things." Nill added that winning is contagious. We'll see if the Dallas Stars catch it.
Jun 15 - 10:04 AM

The Stars off-season priority may be to acquire a number one defenseman capable of playing 25 minutes and anchoring the team's power play.

Dallas also would like a second-line center but the defenseman may be a more pressing need. It will be interesting to see who the Stars target as number one rearguards hardly grown on trees. Stay tuned.
May 31 - 12:04 PM

It sounds like Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill would like to add a center over the summer.

"I think if you want to be a contender, you have to be deep down the middle," Nill said. "That’s something we've talked about over and over again." There are some options if Nill is looking to add a center. For example, he could pursue Vancouver's Ryan Kesler on the trade market or make a bid for Paul Stastny if he doesn't re-sign with Colorado.
May 25 - 6:40 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
5Travis Morin
LW1Jamie Benn
2Erik Cole
3Antoine Roussel
4Shawn Horcoff
5Travis Moen
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Ryan Garbutt
4Colton Sceviour
5Patrick Eaves
6Rich Peverley
D1Alex Goligoski
2Trevor Daley
3Jason Demers
4Jordie Benn
5John Klingberg
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Patrik Nemeth
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Anders Lindback