Report: Lindy Ruff to be named head coach of the NJ Devils

Lindy Ruff gets NJ job (Jeff Vinnick/National Hockey League/Getty Images)

Former New York Rangers goaltender turned NHL Network Analyst, Kevin Weekes is reporting tonight that Lindy Ruff will be named the new head coach of the New Jersey Devils.

All signs pointed to this being Ruff’s final season

Lindy Ruff is beloved and still considered the best head coach the Buffalo Sabres have had. So much so that the Rangers granted him permission to speak with the Sabres this past summer for their vacant coaching position. Although he didn’t get the job he told a Buffalo news station that “the fire still burns” and he wants to be a head coach again.

After this television interview I spoke with a team source to see if Ruff was leaving the organization. At the time it was relayed to me that Ruff was still with the team and would remain Quinn’s assistant for at least one more season.

Now it appears Ruff will indeed be getting that head coaching position he wanted for almost two years now.

Ruff the NJ Devils coach

This should be Lindy Ruff’s final season in NY (Getty Images)

We learned within the last few weeks that not only did Ruff interview for the NJ job, he is was very much in the running. That was with some stiff competition as both Peter Laviolette and Gerard Gallant are up for the coaching position.

I think Lindy Ruff has a legit shot at the New Jersey coaching job. I had heard that external GM candidates asked the Devils to allow them some input, but a few people told me Ruff is very much in this picture no matter what.

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What remains to be see is how the Rangers and Ruff will handle this situation. My speculation is that they will let Ruff finish out the season alongside David Quinn. This does have the potential to be an awkward distraction as well.

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