Ruff not re­turn­ing as Stars coach af­ter miss­ing play­offs

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DAL­LAS | Lindy Ruff will not re­turn as coach of the Dal­las Stars af­ter the team went from the West­ern Con­fer­ence’s top seed last year to miss­ing the play­offs this season.

Gen­eral man­ager Jim Nill an­nounced the move Sun­day, a day af­ter the Stars fin­ished with their sec­ond­fewest points in a full season since mov­ing to Dal­las in 1993-94. Ruff didn’t have a con­tract be­yond this season.

In a state­ment, Nill thanked Ruff “for his com­mit­ment and pro­fes­sion­al­ism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dal­las.”

Ruff was the first sig­nif­i­cant hire for Nill af­ter he took over fol­low­ing the 2012-13 season. Nill had de­cided not to re­new the third-year op­tion for coach Glen Gu­lutzan.

The Stars fin­ished 34-37-11 this season, 11th in the West­ern Con­fer­ence with 79 points.

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