Report: Rangers Hiring Lindy Ruff as Assistant Coach

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Early in the afternoon during Day Two of the NHL Entry Draft, the New York Rangers have made news again. This time, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, it’s the expected announcement that Lindy Ruff will join Alain Vigneault‘s coaching staff where he’s set to take over “in charge of defense, plus”.

Ruff spent the last four seasons coaching the Dallas Stars but failed to qualify twice in that span, leading to his eventual departure as his contract expired at the end of this past season.

Entering his twentieth year coaching behind an NHL bench, Ruff has amassed 736 wins in 1493 games. He is fifth all-time in wins behind Ken Hitchcock, Al Arbour, Joel Quenneville, and Scotty Bowman.

There are a number of interesting aspects to this hire. Among them:

  1. The 2018 Winter Classic, where the Rangers are slated to play the Sabres at Citi Field, would see Ruff pit against the club he coached for fifteen years prior to joining the Stars.
  2. Chris Drury, who was recently promoted to Assistant General Manger with the New York Rangers, and General Manager of their AHL Affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, co-captained Ruff’s Sabres in 2006 and 2007. One has to think he had quite a bit of influence on this decision.
  3. Upon the initial rumors that the Rangers had an interest in Ruff, fans theorized that this hire may put pressure on Alain Vigneault. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman poured a bit of cold water on that, though, while reporting from the floor of the Draft noting that he did not believe that was a factor in the situation.

Meanwhile, Beaukeboom, as Brooks reported, is expected to join the Rangers scouting staff where he’ll work alongside Steve Eminger, Rick Kehoe, Gilles Leger, and Justin Sather.

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