The New Jersey Devils are sticking with head coach Lindy Ruff barring something astronomical. There was some question about the future of the head coaching position for the Devils. Some thought Ruff might be moved to the front office. The fact that the head coaching search was going slow gave hope/question that the Devils weren’t sure that the team was sticking with Ruff. The fact we’ve heard nothing to the contrary shows that it’s Lindy Ruff’s team next season.
General manager Tom Fitzgerald hired Lindy Ruff two years ago to coach the New Jersey Devils because of his success developing young players in the NHL. While there is no doubt that Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt and Yegor Sharangovich have taken their games to new heights, Fitzgerald has told Ruff that won’t be good enough in the future.
Lindy Ruff will be back behind the bench for the New Jersey Devils next season. GM Tom Fitzgerald confirmed the news Thursday at his end-of-season media availability, saying Ruff was brought in to grow the team's young talent and has done just that. "Lindy was the guy I told everybody that stood out above everybody...
Coaching changes have come to the New Jersey Devils as the team announced a mutual parting with assistant coaches Alain Nasreddine and Mark Recchi on Wednesday. The changes come as the Devils earned only 63 points this season, the lowest total of any season for the franchise under an 82-game schedule. Nadreddine has been...
Now that the dust has fully settled on the 2021-22 season for the New Jersey Devils, many fans are expecting some major changes this offseason. However, seeing as NHL contracts are guaranteed and the trade market is generally non-existent until after the Stanley Cup has been awarded, not much is expected to happen on the roster front until sometime in June. That is why one of the first big changes usually made is on the coaching front. And this Devils team has been out of the playoff race since December on route to the worst season by a Devils team by points percentage since 1985-86. That, in combination with last year’s uninspired 7th place finish in the East Division appears to make a coaching change an obvious move. So the question becomes, why does Lindy Ruff still have a job?