Confirmed with Link: Lindy Ruff hired as head coach of NJD

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  1. NYR Viper Registered User

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    In absolute fairness to Ruff, he took a small market team in Buffalo and cultivated one of the most exciting teams the league has seen without significant star-power.
     
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    Quick fix if you need the support. Greg Brown has been there all season so I think he is the easiest and most logical choice.
     
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    I am guessing he isn't very good or has a different skills/duties?
     
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    He was brought in specifically because he was a good defense/PK coach in the NCAA.
     
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    I haven't seen any updates on the compensation. What did we have to give the Devils to take him?
     
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    2 fans so they could double their fanbase.

    They were pretty insistent on @bernmeister but we were able to talk them off of him thankfully.
     
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    lmao, finally some hockey news. Are Debbies planning on getting more top 3 picks these coming years?

    There are couple of "franchise" type talents out there ...
     
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    Anyone check out Bryce Salvador's Twitter yet? Has he called this the greatest coaching coup in history yet?
     
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    That was 13 years ago. The game has changed and unless he does (hes shown no signs of doing so either) this is going to end hilariously bad for NJ.

    You're underselling how talented those teams were though. Their top 7 or 8 forwards were really, really good. Vanek and Briere were 100% stars at that point and Drury was a beast when he was there.

    I can buy the argument that Laviolette wasn't really a fit for them (too intense for a team that has been caught in what seems like a perpetual rebuild) but Ruff isn't that guy either. I for one am more thrilled that it was NJ who hired him more so than I am that he is gone. We have problems on D which extend beyond him but also I'm damn happy that Gallant wasn't the guy they hired.
     
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    Lindy Ruff is the Jeff Fisher of NHL coaches, I don't think they'll be getting any Top 3 picks with him.
     
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    To be more clear, I am not saying Ruff is a good coach now, just that we are underselling his past success if we think he was a mediocre coach. Those players you mentioned developed under Ruff. Briere specifically.
     
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    Thank God we kept Bern.

    What Ruff needs is a warrior like Staal, a veteran that could be a good mentor to the kids in jersey. I'm willing to pay the same compensation as above and maybe even kick in a $1,000 to help make it happen.
     
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    Not that I'm upset about this...but how do you hire a head coach who is working as a coach for a team who is still in the middle of their season?
     
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    my guess is his contract was going to end and Rangers told him they will not renew so he started looking and got the job with the Devils. To him job security was more important than a playoff and being used as a scapegoat.
     
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    Because Ruff likely had a clause in his contract that stated he was free to leave if he got a head coaching offer.
     
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    In absolute fairness, the only reason that happened was bc of one man. And his name is certainly not Ruff.

    Ill give you a hint. His nickname is the dominator, has a slinky for a spine. In my opinion the greatest goalie ever
     
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    Doubt it. For starters, Laviolette had a year left on his Nashville contract. Ruff isn’t giving the Devils a blue plate special. I posted a month ago that Ruff and Laviolette were the front runners and once Fitzgerald was confirmed as the GM, he went with his friend. Makes sense on one level but I thought the match between Lavy and the Devils roster was really good.
     
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    And he didn’t leave because he saw any writing in the wall or he was afraid to enter the COVID-19 bubble. He left simply because he got an opportunity to get one of the 31 coaching jobs available in the league. And I am quite sure the message from the Rangers was not ‘don’t let the door hit you in the ass’.

    It’s like some of the other whipping boys on this board. A few haters whip up the mob and dominate the conversation.

    There are some things I don’t like about Ruff but that’s probably true of 80% of the coaches in the league. I think he did a pretty good job with what he was given to work with. The biggest defensive problem the Rangers have (and have had) is a lack of commitment to team defense from the entire roster. That’s not on Ruff.
     
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    Thanks. Could totally be a clause in the contract. It just seems a bit strange to me, but I'm totally fine moving in a new direction.
     
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    FWIW, Wysh on puck soup is saying it simply came down to Lav pricing himself out and Gallant wanted total control of his coaching staff, so they were left with Ruff.

    It also didn't hurt that Ruff came much cheaper.
     
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    I read somewhere that Laviolette wanted 5 mil per and it was too much for them, and that Gallant refused that job.
     
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    Do they know the coach doesn't count against the cap?
     
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    How much money do you think the Devils bring in?
     
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    I would hope enough to hire the coach they want.
     
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    Or it could just be that those coaches DONT want to coach the devs.
    They will have much better opportunities to coach in the offseason
     

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