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Lindy Ruff | Center

Team: Dallas Stars
Age / DOB:  (55) / 2/17/1960
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200

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The Dallas Stars spent July 1 focused on re-signing their own players.
Patrick Eaves and Curtis McKenzie both agreed to relatively inexperience extensions with the Stars while other squads were handing out big contracts. "We like what we have and we want to keep moving in that direction," said GM Jim Nill. "We're still open to trades or making changes, but we also want to make sure we stay consistent and build from within." It wouldn't be surprising if the Stars' big addition this summer proves to be Antti Niemi. The team does have cap space left, but it will have some big free agents to deal with over the next couple of years, including Alex Goligoski and Jamie Benn. Jul 2 - 10:20 AM

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Don't be surprised if the Dallas Stars are quiet on July 1.

"I don’t see July 1st being a big day for us," Stars GM Jim Nill said. "We're going to be there and see where the market goes, but from analyzing things and looking at it, I don’t think there’s something there that will be fit for us to start with. Maybe later on we’ll see what happens." Nill has already made a big splash by acquiring the negotiating rights to Antti Niemi and then signing the veteran goaltender.
Jul 1 - 9:03 AM

Jeff Reese has been hired as the goaltending coach of the Dallas Stars.

Mike Valley will remain with the organization and serve as the Director of Goaltending Development. Reese will join coach Lindy Ruff's staff for the 2015-16 campaign along with assistant Curt Fraser and James Patrick as well as video coach Kelly Forbes. He has spent the last six seasons as the goaltending coach for the Philadelphia Flyers and will be tasked with getting Kari Lehtonen back on track.
Jun 15 - 3:18 PM

Renowned play-by-play man Dave Strader will take his talents Dallas and call the Stars broadcast.

Strader, now 60 years old, has been calling NHL games since 1985 when he spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL play-by-play career with the Detroit Red Wings. Since then, he's called games for the then-Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, as well as international broadcasts for VERSUS, NBC, ESPN, ABC, and the Winter Olympics. And that's just for NHL hockey. "We are absolutely thrilled to have Dave joining the Stars broadcast team," Stars CEO Jim Lites said. "His broadcasting resume and experience speak for themselves, and we are excited to have him call Stars games for years to come." Daryl "Razor" Reaugh will join Strader as his color analyst, and it will be Reaugh's 20th season for the Stars.
Jun 12 - 7:51 PM

It appears that Jeff Reese will join the Dallas Stars as their new Goalie Coach.

Now former-Stars Goalie Coach Mike Valley will have a new roll as Director of Goaltending, which is curious considering how poorly Dallas' goaltending has been. Either way, Reese comes in with a loaded resume. Still just 48 years old, he has a dozen seasons of experience on the bench at the NHL level. Reese originally joined Tampa's bench as a Goalie Coach in 2001-02, but spent the following five seasons as an assistant. Including winning the Cup in 2004. Reese then spent 2009-15 as the Flyers Goalie Coach before mutually agreeing to part ways in March. He's also credited with having a large roll in Steve Mason's recovery, which is potentially great news for Kari Lehtonen.
Jun 11 - 8:20 PM

Dallas Stars owner Tom Galardi doesn't believe his team needs to lang a big free-agent this summer.

"I think any team that relies on free agents to fix their problems, that’s a bad place to be," Galardi told the Dallas Morning News. "I think they can definitely help if you find the right one, but you have to build from within, that’s where the strength is going to come from. I think in a perfect world, you’d go golfing on July 1 (the first day of NHL free agency). I’m not sure if we’re in that spot yet, but I can tell you I like our team and where we’re going. As a rule of thumb, you’re going to pay too much or give too much term to get a free agent. I think it’s more likely that we would be more involved in trade talk to tinker with the makeup of our team. But I’m not uncomfortable starting next season with pretty much what we ended this season with."
Apr 19 - 9:55 AM

Stars general manager Jim Nill will be Canada’s GM for the 2015 World Championship, according to HNIC's Elliotte Friedman.

The tournament will be played in Prague and Ostrava, Czech Republic, from May 1-17, 2015. Canada has fallen in the quarterfinals for five years in a row.
Apr 4 - 9:03 PM

Dallas is tied for second-to-last in the league in goals against per game.

The Stars, Edmonton Oilers and Arizona Coyotes have allowed 3.29 goals against per match. Goaltending has been part of the issue this season. Kari Lehtonen and Jhonas Enroth will probably continue to alternate starts for the team's last 16 matches.
Mar 9 - 2:10 PM

The Dallas Stars were embarrassed with the way they played in the third period of Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Dallas entered the final frame with a 1-0, but they allowed six goals to take a 6-2 loss. "Our third period was embarrassing, that's pretty much it," captain Jamie Benn said. "Especially at this time of the year when you should be coming together as a group and digging deep and locking that thing down." After a pair of costly losses, the Stars are slipping from the playoff picture.
Feb 23 - 11:12 AM

Dallas wants to improve defensively during the second half of the season.

"We need to continue to improve the defending part. Our shots-for have been going up, and our shots-against have really been going down. That needs to continue," coach Lindy Ruff said. "If we play this type of hockey, we're going to win more than we lose. We're going in the right direction." The Stars rank 28th in save percentage (.895) and 27th in goals against average (3.26), but that isn't just a goaltending concern. Dallas has been better during an 11-5-2 run and Ruff wants that to continue.
Jan 26 - 1:10 PM

Dallas Stars' GM Jim Nill believes his team bought into their own hype this season.

Many picked Dallas to be one of the top teams in the league because of their acquisitions of Jason Spezza and Ales Hemsky, but it hasn't been a smooth year for the team. "I think we bought into our own hype, and probably wanted to do it a little bit the easy way with scoring," Nill said. "And then that created a situation where we were swimming upstream and trying to do too much." The Stars could still make the playoffs with a big second-half of the season. They trail Calgary by just four points for the final playoff spot in the West.
Jan 25 - 9:40 AM

Stars' head coach Lindy Ruff wants better goaltending and more effort on special teams.

"There are a couple of areas that have to come up for us," Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. "Our goaltending is going to have to come up bigger for us, and our special teams are going to have to move in the right direction." Starting goaltender Kari Lehtonen has had a disappointing season for the Stars, and it seems like Dallas rarely gets good starts from their backups. The Stars have the 23rd best power play in the league at 15.3% and their penalty kill ranks 20th at 79.6%.
Jan 11 - 11:58 AM

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.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 10:18:00 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 11:00:00 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.
Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:16:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Tyler Seguin
2Jason Spezza
3Cody Eakin
4Vernon Fiddler
LW1Jamie Benn
2Patrick Sharp
3Antoine Roussel
4Travis Moen
5Curtis McKenzie
RW1Valeri Nichushkin
2Ales Hemsky
3Patrick Eaves
4Colton Sceviour
D1Alex Goligoski
2John Klingberg
3Johnny Oduya
4Jason Demers
5Jordie Benn
6Jyrki Jokipakka
7Patrik Nemeth
8Stephen Johns
G1Kari Lehtonen
2Antti Niemi