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Former Sabres' head coach Lindy Ruff hired as New Jersey Devils' head coach

He replaces interim coach Alain Nasreddine, who guided the Devils to a 19-16-8 record after replacing John Hynes.
Credit: AP
Dallas Stars head coach Lindy Ruff watches from the bench during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Dallas, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

NEW JERSEY, USA — The New Jersey Devils have hired veteran coach Lindy Ruff to take over one of the NHL’s youngest teams and removed the interim tag from Tom Fitzgerald’s title as general manager. 

Ruff had been an assistant coach with the New York Rangers. He replaces interim coach Alain Nasreddine, who guided the Devils to a 19-16-8 record after replacing John Hynes.

The 60-year-old Ruff previously coached the Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars. He led the Sabres to the Stanley Cup Final in 1999. Fitzgerald had served as interim general manager since January.