7/9/20 | The Devils have announced Ruff as their new head coach.
Ruff will be replaced by Hartford coach Gord Murphy on a temporary basis when the Rangers return to play. (Larry Brooks)
It was reported last month that Ruff was interviewing for the position.
Ruff has been with the Rangers and in charge of team defense since 2017-18 when he joined Alain Vigneault’s coaching staff.
He was previously the coach of Buffalo from 1997-98 to 2013 and then Dallas from 2013-14 to 2016-17.
Adam Rotter: Ruff played an important role with the Rangers the past two seasons as the only member of the coaching staff with previous NHL head coaching experience and outside of the half season David Quinn spent in Colorado, and Benoit Allaire, the only NHL coaching experience at all. I’m guessing that when the Devils requested permission to interview Ruff that part of that permission included allowing Ruff to finish out this season with the Rangers, but that remains to be seen. If that isn’t the case and Ruff’s time with the Rangers is over, I wonder if they will bring in a coach from Hartford to add another voice or let things be with the group they have. It will be interesting to see where the Rangers look to replace Ruff and whether that person is a former NHL head coach, a longtime assistant or like Greg Brown and David Oliver, someone David Quinn has coached with and/or crossed paths with.