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

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.

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Lindy Ruff coached the Sabres from 1997-98 until Feb. 20. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Stars introduce Ruff as new coach

BUFFALO – The media couldn’t wait to ask Lindy Ruff, the Dallas Stars’ new coach, about “No Goal,” the disputed 1999 Stanley Cup-winning goal by Dallas’ Brett Hull that defeated Ruff’s Sabres.

It was the first question.

Of course, Ruff has always contended shouldn’t have counted because Hull’s skate was in the crease.

“It’s a long time ago,” Ruff, fired by the Sabres after more than 15 years on Feb. 20, told reporters in Dallas ... Read the full article

Lindy Ruff was fired Feb. 20. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Report: Stars set to hire Ruff as coach

BUFFALO – Get ready to cringe, Sabres fans.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram is reporting the Dallas Stars are going to hire former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff as their new coach.

The Stars, of course, beat Ruff’s Sabres for the 1999 Stanley Cup with Brett Hull’s infamous “No Goal” in Game 6 at what was then called Marine Midland Arena.

For more details on the possible hiring, click here.

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The Sabres fired Lindy Ruff on Feb. 20. ©2013, Dan Hickling, Olean Times Herald

Report: Stars have spoken to former Sabres coach Ruff about opening

BUFFALO – Not surprisingly, new Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill recently spoke to former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff about his club’s vacancy, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Ruff, arguably the best veteran coach on the market, could speak with Nill more formally soon, the News reported. The 53-year-old Ruff also talked with Tampa Bay not long after his Feb. 20 firing.

The Stars also plan on interviewing Alain Vigneault, who likely ... Read the full article