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Since Ruff still had two seasons left on his contract with Buffalo, the Stars had to get permission from the Sabres to talk to the coach.
Ruff was the Sabres' winningest coach (571-432-162), but was fired after a 6-10-1 in this year's lockout-shortened season. There had been 170 NHL coaching changes between his hiring in July 1997 and the time he was fired.
Under Ruff, the Sabres made the playoffs in each of his first four seasons and eight times overall. They made the Eastern Conference finals in 2006 and 2007.
"When you coach for that number of years and in the same place, the exciting part for me is in talking to a lot of other coaches, from former coaches here to coaches that have gone from organization to organization, how it revitalized them, energized them," Ruff said. "I'm excited about working with Jim and all his experiences that he had in Detroit. It was just a real good fit."
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