Feb 10, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff on the bench during the game against the Boston Bruins at the First Niagara Center. Bruins beat the Sabres 3-1. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports
The young Stars went with the most veteran coach available. Ruff is a veteran of 1165 games behind the bench, second only to Joel Quenneville among active coaches. The Stars were the only team to match a veteran coach with a young roster, and that might give them an advantage heading into the season.