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James Patrick has been beside Lindy Ruff for years. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Lindy Ruff brings former Sabres assistant coach James Patrick to Stars

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Bill Hoppe     Olean Times Herald

BUFFALO – James Patrick is joining Lindy Ruff with the Dallas Stars.

In a move many expected, the Stars today added the 50-year-old former Sabres player and assistant coach to Ruff’s staff.

Patrick, Ruff’s assistant for seven years, stayed on after the Sabres fired Ruff in February. New coach Ron Rolston let Patrick go following the season, however.

Ruff and Patrick have been friends since playing together with the New York Rangers in the late 1980s. Patrick later played his final six NHL seasons under Ruff, who hired him when he retired in 2006.

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