NHL notes: Stars to hire Lindy Ruff as coach

Lindy Ruff watches play during a game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto,...

Lindy Ruff watches play during a game against the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, March 31, 2012. (REUTERS/Fred Thornhill)

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In due time, the Dallas Stars will announce Lindy Ruff as its new head coach.

Thursday, team president Jim Lites said Ruff is in line to fill the vacant position, according to a report from the Dallas Star-Telegram, barring unforeseen circumstances.

Ruff, NHL coach of the year in 2006, was fired by the Buffalo Sabres in February after spending 16 years bench the bench.

The Stars have not had a coach in place since relieving Glen Gulutzan of his duties in mid-May.

FLYERS WILL BUY OUT BRIERE

Danny Briere’s tenure as a member of the Philadelphia Flyers is over.

The club announced Thursday they will use a compliance buy out on the 35-year-old assistant captain. It cannot be processed until free agency starts July 5.

Briere had two years left on his deal. The Flyers owe him $3.75 million.

“This was a very difficult decision for us to make as Danny has been a very good player for us over the past six years,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said in a statement. “Danny came to our organization as a free agent in July of 2007 and has been a tremendous player, person and role model in all aspects and for that we thank him.”

Briere, who has accumulated 696 points in 847 NHL games since breaking into the league in 1997, played only 34 games in 2012-13. He was concussed in March, which shelved him for a month.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NHL teams can buy out up to two players each year.

Meanwhile, the Flyers are “absolutely” interested in pursuing Brad Richards if he is bought out by the New York Rangers, a source told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Richards, 33, has a cap hit of $6.67 million per year. His contract with the Rangers runs through the 2019-20 season.

BRIEFLY

Buffalo Sabres signed backup goaltender Jhonas Enroth to a two-year contract extension Thursday. Enroth, 24, will make $1.25 million per year, according to TSN … San Jose Sharks signed depth forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract extension Thursday. Torres, 31, will make $2 million per year, according to TSN … Dallas Stars signed two minor leaguers, forwards Travis Morin and Colton Sceviour, to one-year, two-way contracts Thursday … New Jersey Devils signed forward Mattias Tedenby to a one-year contract Thursday … St. Louis Blues signed defenceman Taylor Chorney to a one-year, two-way contract extension Thursday …


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